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Luanar students to train pig farmers in Lilongwe

Written by  Maureen Murotho

Blantyre, December 14, 2018: Master of Science in Animal Science students from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), have organized a pig training on session scheduled to take place on December 15, 2018 at Bwaila Secondary School in Lilongwe.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday, one of the organizers, Jerome Jumbe observed that pig production was one of the fastest growing industries in Malawi alongside poultry, hence the self sponsored training.

Jumbe, however, said unlike poultry farming which has well established commercial companies like Central Poultry and Charles Stewart, many experts are not willing to train pig farmers, hence hampering production.

“There aren’t many people willing to train farmers on piggery management, the more reason we have decided to conduct trainings in pig production. The training seeks to equip farmers with knowledge of pigs with respect to housing, feeding, breeding, parasite and disease control,” said Jumbe.

“The idea is to help farmers enhance pig production in terms of quality through improved level of management. As animal scientists, we also seek to boost pork market and ensure that farmers produce pork of high quality standard,” he added.

A pig farmer from Lower Shire in Nsanje, Mark Chitsulo described the initiative as a good development in the livestock production.

“The training of pig production is good since at the moment, we just raise livestock without following proper procedures and as a farmer, I face a lot of problems on the market due to low selling prices and diseases that affect the animals,” said Chitsulo.

Chitsulo also singled out lack of knowledge on how to keep pigs in a safe place as one of the major hindrance in pig production in the country.

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