I’m Warren Arinaitwe from Kampala, Uganda, aged 36 years. I’m a practicing farmer with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agriculture.
My project will be based on the utilization of agricultural wastes as alternative feed for pigs. In Kampala, Uganda, where the project is based, over 1000 mt of organic waste are generated on a daily basis. However, only 30% of generated waste is collected by the city authorities and dumped in a landfill located 13 km from city center and only 1 0km from the location of the piggery project. From my time working at companies like: Eagle Dumpster Rental, I learned just how massive of an impact waste makes.
With these startling garbage statistics in addition to other benefits such as low initial investment requirement, high feed conversion ratio of the pigs, faster multiplication rate and high demand for pork, we decided to start a piggery with only 3 piglets as a trial in 2015.
To date we have increased the number to 16 pigs with a goal of 500 pigs by the end of 2017. The farm is run as a family business on part of the family land.
The pigs are currently fed on agricultural waste, mainly potatoes, banana peel and food leftovers gathered carefully from specific markets, hotels and schools with the city before being dumped at the designated collection points. These feeds are obtained at a barely any cost and have proved effective.
With the start-up capital, we intend to boost the enterprise by procuring improved breeds from Kenya and South Africa. We will also procure and install a maize milling plant which will boost the family income through milling charges and provide employment to women and youth in the neighborhood who will be involved in sorting, grading and other operational activities.
We will also benefit from maize bran, a byproduct of maize processing. In the long run, we hope to introduce a farm training program for the communities around and the farm locality. Other benefits will include generation of organic manure for production of vegetables.
Currently, the project sits on ½ acre of land procured with my own savings. We have managed to raise a housing structure with an accommodation capacity of 40 pigs. The project currently employs two youth to clean and collect feed.
Given this background, we hope to increase the farm from the current 16 pigs to 100 by March 2017 through procurement of high quality breeding stock from Kenya and South Africa.
The increase in pigs is expected to generate 1/4 ton of manure/day. These droppings will be composted and used as organic manure in the banana demonstration garden already established at the farm.
We will procure and install a maize milling plant with a capacity of processing 1 ton per day by June 2016. We already have designated space for this establishment. With this processing plant we expect to employ a minimum of 20 women and youth in drying, sorting, grading, processing, packing and storage of maize and associated products.
Again, we hope to attract farmers from across Uganda for farm training in piggery, banana and vegetable production in urban and peri-urban settings.
Lastly, with this expansion our demand for agricultural waste is expected to triple, thus translating into reduced expenditure on disposal by the city authorities.
Our expenditure line for the $5000 startup is summarized below:
Expansion of the piggery Housing structure = $1000
Purchase of 6 improved breeds 6 @ $250 each = $1500
Purchase and installation of maize milling plant = $2500
Total = $5000
Blogpost and picture submitted by Warren Arinaitwe (Kampala, Uganda) – w.arinaitwe[at]cgiar.org
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