Adacar Piggery Project

Country: Uganda

City/Town: Katakwi

CarePoint: Adacar

People Impacted: 150

Total Cost: $5,503.06

Estimated time to complete: 2 years

Area of Transformation

Agriculture & Animal Husbandry

Project Description

The piggery project provides 150 pigs to the guardians in the Adacar and Okibui communities, providing households with an alternative source of income besides agriculture. Pigs take a short time to mature, and will reproduce quickly, returning additional pigs to the local community in this regenerative project.

Historical Background

For the Teso region where Katakwi is located, the loss of cattle during the insurgencies has made pig farming more popular as a quick mitigation to poverty. Pigs are not only a source of animal protein, but also a source of income. Pigs mature and reproduce faster than most other livestock raised in the Teso region. With a higher turnover rate, lower feed conversion ratio, and fast growth, the sale of the first offspring can begin after just six months. It is an incredibly lucrative venture, as demand for meat is high.

Return on Investment Potential

A sow has a gestation period of 115 days from which it can produce 10-12 piglets in a litter. The sow can produce up to two times per year if managed well, making it the most reproductive livestock in the world. Each piglet costs between 50,000 and 100,000 shillings, and the number of pigs in a given farm can easily double at this reproduction rate. With the rapid livestock reproduction and the demand for sales, this project will greatly impact the families at the Adacar CarePoint by increasing income at the household level, which will improve living conditions, empower families to pay for education expenses for children, and provide access to better medical care.

Additional Impacts

The project promotes self-reliance, individual earning empowerment, and unity in the larger community.

Volunteer and Travel Opportunities

Donors are encouraged to visit the community to witness the piggery project and its effects in-person.

Engagement Opportunities

Donors with skills in animal husbandry and raising pigs are encouraged to educate the families receiving pigs in this project.