Discussion created on 03/08/2010

PIG FARM IN GHANA

Forum: HOW TO START A COMMERCIAL PIG FARM IN GHANA

I have a 40 acre farm in Ghana, West Africa which I am plannig of turning into a PIG production enterprise. I am actively seeking professional recommendations as how to commence the project on a industrial scale. My goal is to have a farm where i will produce and process to the market. These are the areas that i require suggestions:

1. the number of sow that i need to start a successful operation
2. modern design of housing for the pigs
3. the type of breed that will withstand the tropics
4. equipments required for slaughtering, processing and etc
5. development of feeding on the farm
6. best practices to make this operation an investment winner

I will welcome any comments that will lead me to gathher as much information for me to begin the project.
It is slated to start in july of this year. thanks for all your inputs.

thanks
Opoku

Opoku Agyeman
Executive
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Brent Clifton Brent Clifton
Consultant
December 11, 2015
I have been asked by a investor from Ghana to supply information to him about swine production possibilities in Ghana. He would like to tour different facilities from farrow to finish in order to create a business plan to start his own swine production plant abroad. My knowledge of swine production is limited to my boutique operation of less than twenty sows over twenty years ago. I could use any information that I can pass on to this investor. Your comments are all welcome and appreciated... If you have a business plan that your willing to share I would be grateful!
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December 11, 2015
Hello Brent is good to have that business in Ghana to my side what I no is ghana got a lot of local thing that will help you to cut cost so it ll be good to use local things to start
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December 12, 2015
I am not familiar with Ghana at all but can give you some hints on pig production in Nigeria, probably you maybe able to convert the monetary aspect to Ghana cedis, can you send me your e mail address so that I will be able to send it to you. Thanks.
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March 10, 2020
John Olusoji Abiola Hi John, will be glad if you could send me the info on pig farming in Nigeria, via frankappiah2019@gmail.com.
Many thanks
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March 10, 2020
Frank Appiah Okay,I am actually putting up a paper on that and will let you know. Thanks.
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March 10, 2020
Donald Levis
Hello Donald, would be glad if you will be kind to send me this info via frankappiah2019@gmail.
Many thanks
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Addo Benjamin Armah Addo Benjamin Armah
Businessman
September 26, 2020
John Olusoji Abiola Boss, can you please email it to me at abawitty@gmail.com
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Donald Levis Donald Levis
PhD-Reproductive Physiologist
December 12, 2015
I gave a Powerpoint presentation to the Ghana Minister for Food and Agriculture last July 2015 (in Lincoln, Nebraska) on expanding pork production in Ghana. This presentation discussed numerous factors involved with a successful expansion and sustainable program for pork production in Ghana. If I had your email address, I would be willing to send you a copy of the Powerpoint.
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May 30, 2018
Kindly send me a copy through my email. csquire@corvus-gh.com
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Opoku Agyeman Opoku Agyeman
Executive
May 30, 2018
Ontariophysioone@gmail.com
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June 21, 2018
Donald Levis I'm a first timer, I guess i'll need a copy dbaah24@yahoo.com Thanks.
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November 27, 2018
Donald Levis floatt2@yahoo.com .. I will need help with that power point copy as well .. thank you
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March 1, 2019
Hello Levis,

Hope you are doing well and the family. Please i will need your thoroughly knowledge on pig farm in Ghana.I am ready to invest in piggery but i am at preliminary stage of gathering relevant information per operating cost,ways to go and feeding etc. I think i am at the right place.
Please may you kindly assist me.ezobile@yahoo.com is my mail.
regards
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December 27, 2019
Kindly send me a copy of your mentioned PowerPoint presentation.
Thanks
Kojo
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February 9, 2020
Donald Levis Hello Sir,
I would be glad to get a copy of PowerPoint Presentation.
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Find below my email address;
naparipatrick@yahoo.com
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May 14, 2020
Donald Levis please send the presentation to me
My email address is joanmarf@gmail.com
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Donald Levis Donald Levis
PhD-Reproductive Physiologist
May 15, 2020
Kojo Gyamera What is your email address?
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July 24, 2020
Donald Levis could you please send me the powerpoint
rejisam30@gmail.com
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Addo Benjamin Armah Addo Benjamin Armah
Businessman
September 26, 2020
Donald Levis Can you please email it to me at abawitty@gmail.com
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December 14, 2015
In Ghana, Pig production is an income generating activity that requires investment of resources, capital human, and time for future reward. Such investment has social, environmental and economic implications which must be considered to justify investment.
Investment in pig production in Ghana is a venture that requires careful and prudent management of resources to benefit the investor and society. Whiles the project is primarily to generate income for investor, environmental issues have to be taken into account through its design.
Pig production has two main phases mainly: breeding and fattening (growing and finishing). The major goal of managing a sow is to obtain a large litter of healthy piglets at birth that will remain healthy till weaning.

Let me address the following questions

1. The number of sow that i need to start a successful operation
Ans For a commercial pig farming in Ghana, 15 to 20 gilts with 1 or 2 boar(s) will be appropriate

2. Modern design of housing for the pigs
Ans In Ghana housing designs are very simple. Structures are always build in the direction of the prevailing wind to enable enough ventilation. Feeders and drinking troughs are usually fixed in pens and in some instance with nipple drinkers

3. The type of breed that will withstand the tropics
Ans. Large White Pig and Landrace are the best breeds that withstand our weather

4. Equipments required for slaughtering, processing
1. Building
2. Equipment
a. Band saw
b. Mincer
c. Bone cutter
d. Sausage filler
e. Bowl chopper
f. Thermometer
g. pH meter
The Meat as a product
The following can be consider before and after processing
a. Transport
b. Labour
c. Utility
d. Shrinking loss due to smoking
e. Cutting loss
f. Selling price


5. Development of feeding on the farm
Ans Locally available Agro Industrial By-Products (AIBPs) are usually compounded and used as feed for all classes of pigs in Ghana (CSIR-Animal Research Institute have championed the use of AIBPs)

Come to the CSIR-Animal Research Institute, Adenta Frafraha, Ghana.
We have some facilities that will interest you. Again I can also link you to some of the individual Pig farms we have in Ghana, some in Greater Accra and some in Western region.
Thank You
Peter
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March 1, 2019

Hello Pedro,
Hope you are doing good. Your write up is very informative. Please, I currently want to go into pig farm in western region-Takoradi. Can you kindly assist me to get some vital information as per pig farm operation?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Regards.

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Gloria Oforiwaa Gloria Oforiwaa
Animal Nutritionist
December 18, 2015
The pig industry in Ghana is very lucrative but one need to know his target market. One might be interested in only buying weaned piglets to fatten and sell his fatteners to slaughter facilities or one can start from having the sows and boars to produce his own weaners and fatten to sell later to slaughter facilities. You can also start from maybe owning a 50 sow unit to produce our finished pigs. I am with the ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana, Ga-East Municipal Assembly (Accra). You can pass by our office and we will be more willing to assist you with the economics, production plan, action plan etc.

Regards
Oforiwaa
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May 30, 2018
I am starting a piggery by August so I will definitely pass by. Is it the one at Abokobi?
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November 27, 2018
Gloria Oforiwaa can I please have your email or contact . I’d love to pass by sometime for a thorough discussion on pigfarm in Ghana ..
Thank you
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Mavis Mensah Mavis Mensah
Pig farmer
December 22, 2015
This is my email address efuablue7@gmail.com or efuablue@yahoo.com.
Kindly send me a copy of the write up on how to start a commercial pig farm in Ghana.
I have started a pig farming and the major challenge is with the start up capital and assessing cheaper sources of feeds and so Gloria, I will be visiting the CSIR Office for more information.
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December 30, 2015
Some interesting input from contributors.

Can some one assist with some statistics on pig production in Ghana.

1) current national sow herd
2) The largest single sow herd
3) Ease of Licensing and permits for foreign investors
4) Farm rental possibilities
5) Source of specified genetics for breeding stock
6) availability and cost of feed meals per tonne.

I will assume the above can form a framework within which to make an investment decision.

Weumambo





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Gloria Oforiwaa Gloria Oforiwaa
Animal Nutritionist
January 2, 2016
Currently, I don't know the sow herd for Ghana but I can assist with the following information

2. Single sow herd of 100 sows belonging to a farmer in Kumasi
3. Foreign investors are welcome and contacting the appropriate ministries or institutions make the establishment of business easier.
4. It is easier if you start from the start since I don't have information regarding rental facilities, this does not mean it does exist
5.Research Institutions e.g. Animal Research Institute,Livestock and Poultry Centre (University of Ghana), and the Nungua Farms (Ministry of Food and Agriculture). Breeds are mostly crosses of large White and Landrace


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Tomi Olatunde Tomi Olatunde
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
January 2, 2016

Dear All,

Happy New Year to all.
It is interesting to read that swine production is picking up in West Africa; The basic breeds for production id Large White & Landrace. Also for equipments the small scale could be expensive , i rather advice to improvice. When ever you decide to go industrual, then we could be of help. Basically we are a consultation company for industrial production of pig meat; we organise also short paid working orientation programs for interested serious farmer groups At our collaborator farms in Europe.The short working orientation courses are tailored to help proper start- ups.

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FELIX BONIFACE SILAYO FELIX BONIFACE SILAYO
Certified Professional Accountant (CPA - Holder)
January 4, 2016
Hi, Am from Arusha Tanzania, would like to join the short working orientation courses, Please send me email adress for the contact person, then i would like to know if there is possibility of exporting from Tanzania to Europe/Asia market if i managed to raise pigs in large scale for commercial purpose, currently i had been discouraged with one of my friend that Asian and Europe never imports pork meet from African countries , is this true.?
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Tomi Olatunde Tomi Olatunde
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
January 4, 2016
Hello Mr. Felix

Please kindly leave your message on the fb page; and we shall contact you with more information.
Basically in Porcine Reproduction systems.
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November 26, 2016

I have started a pig farm in my village and I need support to dig bolehole water and a tricycle to convey food for my pigs. Thank you.

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November 26, 2016
Please I want to know the most popular pig breed in Ghana. Thank you.
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May 19, 2017

I am well impressed with the varied ideas you suggested to leading a successful piggery. I am now confident of becoming a better starter. Ghans-west Africa

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June 30, 2017

Hello, my name is bhrigu and I am from india. We have a pigarry farm seens last 10 years. But I am facing so many prooblems, so I need your help. I am waiting for your comment
Regards
Bhrigu kalita

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July 18, 2017

@ Bhirgu, What type of problem is that? Share it and let us now how we can help.

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Kwame Kwame
Owner
September 20, 2017

Hi,
I am trying to setup a small scale pig farm with the intention of expansion in a few years. I plan on starting with 2 pregnant sows and 1 (4-5 months old) boar. kindly advise on what I have to do successfully establish my farm.
Thanks.

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March 5, 2018

Thank you very much for this very useful information.

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May 30, 2018
Do we have specific agencies that assist in funding piggery projects in Ghana?
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