Looking for a Simple Yet Lucrative Farming Business Opportunity? Then Consider Pig Farming in Kenya.
There are many business opportunities around, but Pig farming in Kenya must be one of the most extremely profitable Agri- business venture. Entrepreneurs who started this business earlier are now making a lot of money every month and, believe it or not, some are making more money than our Members of Parliament. A good example of such entrepreneurs is The Farmers Choice whom I believe you like their products. It is, for this reason, excellent to consider this business as an alternative.
Tips to Get Started with Pig Farming In Kenya
Starting up a commercial pig farming business venture in Kenya is cheap though not easy. However, I will describe to you the whole process step by step.
Select a Favorable Farm Land
Choosing a suitable land is very vital to every pig farmer. The most appropriate area is the one that is close to all facilities such as real markets, health care, food and suitable climatic conditions. The size of your farm should also lime with the number of pigs you intend to keep.
6 Topmost Considerations While Selecting A Suitable Farm Land
- Proximity to the market; this will enable you to sell your pigs quickly and buy the items you need without much-traveling costs.
- Select a fresh and calm environment far from residential areas.
- Choose an area near a permanent water source such as a river, lake or a pond to ensure sufficient supply of water to your farm.
- Avoid lands in urban areas and go for village land so as to lower land and food cost.
- Consider an area close to veterinary services.
- Select an area with suitable road networks.
- Availability of food elements to reduce the cost of food.
Selection Of Suitable Breeds
Select the proper pig breed from either local breeds or hybrid pigs according to your production scale. The most profitable pig breeds in Kenya are Hampshire, large white and Duroc.
Due to their strength, pigs require a sturdy living facility. Temperature controls are very vital since adult pigs are very sensitive to high temperatures while their young ones are very sensitive to low temperatures. It is also advisable to separate the piglets with the adult pigs. Their house should be kept clean to maximize growth and production.
To ensure high productivity of your pigs, good food is a must. Corn is the main dish for pigs. However, you can feed your pigs by almost everything including meat and roughages. Supplements and vitamins will help your pigs grow faster. For quicker growth of your piglets, ensure that their food contain a high content of proteins than that of the adult pigs. They also require that you serve them with fresh and clean water along with their diet.
Feed Rations For Pig
The most important consideration while coming up with a food ration for pig is meeting the biological needs of the pig and coming up with a nutritionally balanced diet. Advanced farmers make feed rations for their pigs using; vitamins, legumes, minerals, and grains. The feed ration should also be affordable, and one should bear in mind that the cost of feeding contributes 55-70% of the total cost of production.
There are four main models of pig breeding in Kenya. They are;
- In Breeding
- Cross Breading
- Pure Breeding
- Out Breeding
Pigs have a gestation period of less than 115 days and produce about ten piglets each time.
Pig farming in Kenya has proved to be an extremely profitable business opportunity following high demand and the small supply of pigs in the market. It is, for this reason, a worthwhile and highly recommendable business to engage in.