By Mulopi Joseph,CELAC Mayuge farmers’ network
This is a traditional system of rearing pigs and under this system a farmer put up a kraal to keep in few pigs during the night and allowed to move freely to feed when and where they can find food during the day. Or they are tied up using a rope at night and during the day they move freely.
Pigs may receive supplementary feed if it is available and this is generally of low nutritional quality such as banana and maize stalks, rice brand and other local plants and by products of beer making and kitchen waste.
This can be best to indigenous breeds of pigs, because they are adapted to the local environment and they are relatively small in size and high mobility renders them best able to cope with the condition. But this will result in the sows to breed irregularly, piglet mortality is high, and growth rate is low.
Some farmers do the same with exotic breeds and cross breeds which cause a number of losses and in this case they become discouraged due to the loss met. We must know that pigs reared in this system are susceptible to infestation with parasite and curry heavy burden of intestinal round worms and tapeworms. A particular hazard pigs can access sources of parasites e.g. human excrete which they may eat then transmit back to man when he eats the pock.
A majority of scavenger pigs are owned by subsistence farmers and are not productive in any particular modern market.
Fellow farmers try to improve and modernize our piggery farming for a better market and good profits.
The best method is semi intensive or indoor rearing.
BY MULOPI JOSEPH,