As part of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration’s agenda to reposition pig farming and boost pork production; the Delta state government has kicked-off training of pig farmers in the state.
According to the state government, the training which involves 45 pig farmers is aimed at producing high-quality pork for both local consumption and export.
While commenting on the training, Delta state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Austin Chikezie, who said the farmers were being trained under the state government’s Pig Multiplication and Farmers Support Programme, noted that the training was in line with the agenda of the state government in the areas of agricultural reforms as well as strategic job and wealth creation.
“The essence of the training is to expose pig farmers to global best practices which would ensure their efficiency because of the competitive environment and the challenges facing pig farming.” Chikezie said.
Chikezie noted that, difficulty in acquiring genetically improved breeds of pigs, high cost of good quality feeds, lack of appropriate production skills and paucity of funds, were some key challenges facing pig farmers.
The Commissioner charged the pig farmers to ensure absolute dedication to the training so as to justify government’s efforts and commitment to improving the welfare of the people and growing the state’s economy.