Pig farming in Kenya

Pig farming is one of the most lucrative business ventures. Those who engaged in this activity made good profits. Pigs can be raised as a small business to provide food and nutrition for the family, or it can be expanded into a for-profit commercial venture. Keeping pigs is relatively easy compared to other forms of livestock farming.

Enters

You can feed pigs almost anything. Most people just let their pigs roam around urban areas looking for leftovers. However, this is against the law and not the most effective way to keep pigs. You can feed pigs with leftovers from kitchens, restaurants and hotels. You can also get commercial feeds to help with faster growth and maturation.

Market

There is no shortage of pig market in the country. The best time to sell the pigs is during the high tourist season as the demand is very high. There are also many local meat shops, especially around Nairobi, that buy slaughter pigs. Farmers Choice, the largest player in the market with a market share of 70%, can make a deal with you to supply them with slaughter pigs, provided your pigs meet the desired quality.

Gain

Buy young piglets from Ksh. 3,000 and they take up to six months to mature after which you can sell them at prices ranging from Ksh. 25,000 to Ksh. 40,000. As you can see it is quite profitable. The amount of input required is low and manageable. Pig farming is a good business if you want to earn back your investments in a short time.

Products

Some of the products that come from pig farming include pork, ham, bacon, sausages, pies, rolls, cuts of meat, tallow, and lard. Pig manure is also used as fertilizer. With such a diversified range, it is not difficult to find a market for pigs.

Potential challenges

Some of the challenges a new pig farmer may face is obtaining the right commercial feeds. You can do some research in this area from the Farmers Choice exhibit farm, the internet, and from other farmers. For others, the biggest challenge is religious and cultural barriers. Some religions and cultures prohibit the consumption of pork and other pig products because pigs are unclean animals. But pigs are not as dirty as people think. When properly reared, pigs can be as clean as any other livestock.