New pig breeds

pig_farming_zimHARARE - The Pig Industry Board (PIB) has said farmers should adopt new breeds of pigs to increase outputs as they are failing to meet the demand.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean, PIB deputy Director, Andrew Shoniwa, said: “Our current output is failing to meet market demand. The female pigs we have in stock have a capacity to produce no more than 300 000 piglets a year which is not enough for domestic consumption and export market”.

Shonihwa added that his board was looking at adopting some South African breeds that had a higher birth rate.

The piggery industry in the country was affected by chaotic land reform programme which resulted in shortage of feed. Farmers are forced to import feed from Zambia, Malawi and South Africa which they said is expensive.

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