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Pig Industry and Business

The piggeryindustry isa lucrative sector withhigh profit returns yet it requires minimal capital investments in terms of land and feeds.The piggery enterprise can easily be managed by various groups of people because it is not labour intensive. There is also a high demand for pork and pork products nationally and regionally yet skills in production and value addition are still minimal. This industry has a potential to enhance income and alleviate poverty.Due to the increasing demand in pork and pork products, there is a need to increase pig production to sustain the supply. Therefore the piggery industry offers potential investment opportunities.

To drive transformative skills, knowledge, technology, innovation, SMEs (Small-Medium Enterprises) and services into the pig industry and in partnerships, continuously improve production, health, employment, community well-being and economic growth

The specific objectives of this programme are;

  1. To produce graduates with skills in Pig farm planning, Structural design and construction, Pig selection, Breeding and piglet management, Pig feeds formulation and feeding, Pig slaughter and pork grading, Pig products processing and value addition, Manure management and bio gas production.
  2. To contribute to the development and transformation of the underutilized pig production sector. 
  3. To produce skilled graduates who are job creators in pig and related enterprises.

Program offered:

  • Artisan skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills diploma

Minimum Programme Duration: Two years for ordinary certificates and two years for diplomas.

Target group: Those interested in building attractive industrial, business, professional and service careers associated with the pig industry.

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • For artisan skills development certificate, the minimum is a school leaver with a good grade.
  • For professional skills qualification (ordinary certificate and ordinary diploma), the minimum is an ordinary level certificate.
  • Graduates of tertiary institutions and farmers are encouraged to apply because this program is designed to nurture skills, employment and enterprises for all.
  • O-level certificate entrants will undertake a bridging course when proceeding from diploma to degree level.

This programme offers work opportunities as one or more of the following;

  1. Piggery house and abattoir constructor (planning, sitting/set and construction)
  2. Piggery equipment technologist (feeders, drinkers, transport crates, hog snares and other handling implements)
  3. Pig slaughter house and abattoir experts
  4. Pig breeding  technician (select and develop breeds)
  5. Pig feeds technologist
  6. Piggery health and management technician
  7. Piggery facility disinfection/fumigation expert
  8. Biogas and organic fertilizer production technician
  9. Briquette technician
  10. Pork processors and value addition experts
  11. Lard processing and soap production
  12. Sales professionals and community mobilizer
  13. Farm procurement personnel
  14. Organic IMO technologist (No wash piggery technology)
  15. Bi-products technicians
  16. Instrument handler
  17. Entrepreneur

Further Information
Visit the AFRISA Secretariat in the Veterinary Complex, Makerere University Main Campus.
Call +256-312 514 068 / +256-414-554 685 or send an email to <info@afrisa.org>

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