A diagnostic survey of the present state of the pig industry in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana

  • JE Fleischer Department of Animal Science, University of Ghana, P.O. Box 226, Legon, Ghana
  • AR Barnes Department of Animal Science, University of Ghana, P.O. Box 226, Legon, Ghana

Abstract

A diagnostic survey was carried out among pig farmers in the Greater Accra Region to gain some understanding about the pig industry and its associated problems as well as how best these problems can be addressed. In all, there were 48 respondents. Most of the farmers (84 per cent) had between 11 and 150 animals of various sexes and age groups. Many dispose of boar (53 per cent) and sows (43 per cent) after 2 years of use. Most farmers (98 per cent) mix their own ration to feed their animals, albeit poor in quantity or quality or both. The major constraints identified were non-availability of feed or high-priced feed, water problem especially in the dry season, and financial problems due to non-availability of credit facility.

Ghana Jnl agric. Sci. Vol.31(1) 1998: 87-92
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