The Uganda Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) project just completed an assessment of the roles, constraints and opportunities to improve the pig value chain in Masaka, Mukono and Kamuli districts.
The activity was led by ILRI’s Emily Ouma in close collaboration with partners at district level, Lawrence Mayega and David Kiryabwire, and their teams from the local governments of Masaka and Mukono as well as Gideon Nadiope and Jane Kintu Nakiranda from VEDCO.
In carrying out the assessment, individual interviews were held with 53 veterinary service providers (veterinarians and para-vets), 85 traders of piglets and mature animals, 34 sellers of livestock feeds, 34 owners of agro-vet stores and 6 pork retailers. At the same time, the Safe Food, Fair Food project interviewed butchers and pork retailers and took pork samples for laboratory analysis. The data collected is currently being prepared for further analysis.
Structured questionnaires were also administered to 391 smallholder pig farmers in the three districts to generate baseline information that will allow assessment of project impacts at farm and household levels. The role of local partners in this activity was again crucial as they contacted the farmers and household heads who participated in the survey.
These experiences are also contributing to the ‘assessing the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) in smallholder pig systems’ project funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). From 2-7 September, SPVCD facilitators (Peter Lule Mulindwa, Peter Ssentumbwe and Moses Kyangwa) will train the ASF project team facilitators in their data collection.
The ASF project is a collaborative effort between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Makerere University and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).