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Zimbabwe to import high yielding breeding pigs

Christian Fernsby |
Zimbabwe will soon import 230 high-yielding pig breeding stock from South Africa under a European Union funded Value Chain Alliance for Livestock Upgrading Empowerment (VALUE) project.

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Topics: ZIMBABWE    PIGS   

The move is expected to improve the country’s pork production.

Speaking at a media workshop on goat and pork value chains assessments in Bulawayo last Wednesday, Action Aid team leader Mr Newton Chari said 230 breeding stock of large white landrace and duroc, which include 200 gilts and 30 sows and boars grandparents, were sourced from one of the world’s leading international pig breeding companies, Danbred, in South Africa.

“We are bringing in new genetics from a reputable supplier in South Africa, Danbred. We are expecting these in the country in a few weeks. The supplier is a seasoned supplier who will also be providing the necessary after station services, which is required for the breed,” he said.

The VALUE project is a four-year programme, which will end in 2023.

lt is being run under the Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP), with Action Aid Zimbabwe implementing it in partnership with COSV and Mercy Corps.

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