Factors influencing investment in commercial pig production on Swazi nation land
Commercial pig production in Swaziland is one viable enterprise that has not been fully exploited by rural farmers despite the level of support from Government, private sector and international agencies. The aim of this study was to identify the factors influencing household decisions to invest in commercial pig production on Swazi Nation Land, using Lubombo region as a case study. Following a systematic sampling procedure, 124 households were interviewed to identify variables that influence their decisions on whether or not to invest in commercial pig production. Using a binary logistic regression model the analytical results revealed that the decisions are significantly influenced by gender of household head, level of education, employment status, household size, frequency of contact with extension officers and the proximity of a reliable water source. In terms of key policy interventions, the study underlined the importance of increasing investment in water harvesting projects and improving the Piggery extension service. Future interventions in the agriculture sector should not overlook the role played by women in pursuing the goal of achieving household food security through agricultural production.
Key words: Swazi Nation Land, commercial, investment, pig production, food security