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Title: Current State Of Pig Farms And Factors Influencing Their Commercialisation In Ghana: A Case Study Of The Ashanti Region
Authors: Osei Sekyere, John
Adu, Francis
Keywords: Pigs
Pig farming
Intensive
Commercial
Ghana
Ashanti Region
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Cibtech Journal of Zoology
Citation: Cibtech Journal of Zoology, 2015 Vol. 4 (3) September-December, pp.88-97/John and Francis
Abstract: The move towards intensive commercial pig production in Ghana is increasing at an unprecedented pace albeit financial, feeding and swine flu challenges. Coupled with religious, traditional and social marginalization, the industry has suffered from poor growth for many years. In order to describe the current state and challenges facing the pig industry and the major factors influencing its commercialization in Ghana, 110 pig farms within five Districts in the Ashanti region were studied. Increasing pressure on land (77.27%), poor markets (87.27%) and disease threats (91.82%) were the major factors influencing the adoption of intensive pig farming which increased farmers’ financial responsibilities. Major problems faced by intensive farmers included scarcity and high cost of feed and frequent disease outbreaks which destroyed their markets that forced many farms to close down annually. The size of the farms, number of staff, source of water, location of the farm, feeding, infrastructure, farm hygiene, marketing and security were all influenced by the financial capital of the farmers. Poor waste management practices and farm locations were potential hazards to public health. The farms were hardly threatened by thieves or wild animals. There is much promise in the pig industry currently. Provision of feed subsidies and credit to farms and stabilizing market prices are interventions government can adopt to woo local and foreign investors, grow the industry, and reduce unemployment and meat import. Improved hygiene and better waste management on farms could reduce disease outbreaks and zoonoses transmission.
Description: An article published by Cibtech Journal of Zoology, 2015 Vol. 4 (3) September-December, pp.88-97/John and Francis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10729
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