By George Busiinge
Pig farmers in the great Bunyoro region have been advised to adhere to proper feeding methods and standards if the local pig farming industry is to achieve effective productive growth to compete with imported pork meat. Many farmers in Bunyoro and neighboring areas are eying the growing oil and gas industry.
Bunyoro districts like Hoima and Buliisa have seen their population grow as foreigners descend into these two drinks to work in the nascent oil and gas industry. This increase in population fueled by foreigners means demand for foods like meat. However international oil companies have standards which local suppliers of meat must adhere to.
Presently, pig-farming ranks among the booming businesses in some parts of the country. It is observed that the high demand for poultry products and meat have shifted to pork in the local market especially in the oil and gas region , wooing more people to venture into pig farming which hitherto was collapsing as a result of low patronage.
However, despite this development, pig farming -- just like the poultry and other livestock farming is bed-eviled by numerous challenges, notable among which is the use of nutritious feed to ensure healthy growth of the animals for consumption.
It is against this backdrop that Hon Vincent Ssempija, the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries firmly emphasized use of the right nutritious feed for livestock.
Speaking during the launch of Devenish Nutrition Uganda Limited in Kibati village, Hoima municipality , Ssempijja urged leaders in the oil and gas especially Bunyoro region to put agriculture as one of the priorities in the development of the area since more than one million households are engaged in the activity.
However, the Minister for Bunyoro affairs Earnest Kiiza noted that more investors in Uganda’s various sectors are needed in Bunyoro as the country heads to the oil production stage.
The Irish Ambassador to Uganda His Excellence Donal Cronin promised to bring more investments to Uganda a move he says can contribute sustainably to development as entrepreneurs, facilitate trade and investment as far as oil and gas is going on in the region.
Adam Sweetman, the country manager Devinish said the company will provide technical advice to farmers that will assist them with growing their farms into commercially viable and sustainable business. Devenish Nutrition Uganda Limited is a leading supplier of improved breeds of pigs and specialized animals feeds into the Ugandan market.