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Anambra to pioneer pig farming in S’east

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PRESIDENT, Anambra State Pig Farmers Association, Chukwudozie Ezeokoli, has said that Anambra was the pioneer state in South Eastern Nigeria to have organised body that oversees pig farming and pork meat production.

Prof Ezeokoli said this during an interactive session with members of the forum at Aguata Local Government Hall.

He urged pig farmers to ensure good and quality standards in their venture as the federal government had indicated interest in exporting pork meat.

He said that the traditional ruler of Ekwulobia, Igwe Emmanuel Onyeneke, had accepted to be chairman of the board of directors of the association.

The president pledged that the registration of the association which had been pending at the Ministry of Agriculture would now be completed.

Prof. Ezeokoli, then, urged the members to register their piggery with the state Ministry of Agriculture, urging all pig farmers in the state to join the association.

“This will enable us to benefit from the state and FG Agricultural Reform Programmes,” he noted.

Mr Ugochukwu Obele, secretary of the association, said that South East was lagging behind in pig farming, unlike in other political zones.

Obele called on government to build more abattoirs to boost pig production in the state, as well as to ensure easy access to pork meat.

He enjoined pig farmers to always ensure proper sanitation in their farms to prevent pollution of the environment and loss of pigs to diseases.

Mr Paul Obiora, stakeholder in the industry, said it was paramount for pig farmers to adopt recommended standards and guidelines for pig farming because it was no longer business as usual.

He noted that proper feeding of pigs with the right nutrients was necessary, as it would enhance proper growth of pigs and ensure good return on investment.

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