Demand for pigs overwhelm Pig Industry Board

By Tendai Munengwa

PIG production has been described as the low hanging fruit that farmers can tap into in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind.

The Pig Industry Board of Zimbabwe (PIB), is working around the clock to breed more pigs with plans at an advanced stage to import genetics to improve the current national.

PIB Deputy Director Mrs Erica Takaindisa told ZBC News that that despite effort to boost national pig herd, demand from farmers to get breeding stock is overwhelming.

“Currently demand for piglets and breeding stock is overwhelming. Many farmers want to do pigs but we cannot meet the high demand,” she said.

The revival of the pig industry attracted the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr Davis Marapira  to have a first-hand information of what is being described as a low hanging fruits for farmers.

“We want to see President Mnangagwa’s vision to leave no place and no one behind coming to life. Pigs have no big challenges on breeding and they grow fast for farmers to make money. We see this project as a low hanging fruit which every farmer should tap into,” he said.

With all things being equal the country intends  to export about 22 000 tonnes of pork come 2025.