$3.2 million joint investment goes to pig farming sector

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The DaNa Facility, a programme funded by the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID), and De Henus, an international animal feed business, made a joint investment of over US$3.2 million in new project to improve pig farming industry.
The new project is focused on increasing incomes and productivity of pig farmers across the country. The new investment will be the largest single business investment in Kayah State. The De Heus project will work to address significant issues facing domestic pork production in Myanmar, including problems related to the quality of feed, breeding stock, veterinary services, bio-security issues and the genetics of domestic pigs, which negatively affect pig producers and consumers across the country.
The project will be investing across the swine production value chain in Myanmar, setting up the country’s first pig stud farm near Loikaw in Kayah State, and import 250 sows with high quality genetics from overseas.
Under the project, the De Heus will also establish demonstration farms in Kachin, Kayah, Chin and Shan states, Yangon, Mandalay, Bago and Ayeyawady regions, as well as the administrative capital Nay Pyi Taw, to provide training for around 10,000 farmers to improve their pig-rearing and management practices. The De Heus will advocate for further positive policy changes, collaborating with Kayah State Government and the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department to improve business environment for pig farmers.
At the launching event in Loikaw on 18 October, Dr Gail Marzetti, the Head of the DFID, said: “DFID is excited to be launching this project as we see that it has significant potential to transform the production and quality of pigs in Myanmar, helping the market to become more efficient and inclusive. By working to improve the quality of pigs produced in Myanmar, while also increasing the skills of small-holders in pig-rearing and business, we want to help small holder farmers and low-income producers across the country to increase their income and the prosperity of their families and communities.”
Harry Schimmel of De Heus Myanmar said: “Through this project, we are seeking to help Myanmar smallholder pig farmers, by providing access to high quality genetics, animal husbandry techniques, farm management support and links to new markets. This is a huge opportunity for Myanmar pig farmers and the entire pig production market to improve the quality of their pigs but also the income of those working in the sector.
The De Heus project will invest in Myanmar to address systemic issues in domestic pork production that relies on small-holders (for 90% of
production), is inefficient by international standards and is currently unable to keep up with increasing demand.—GNLM

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