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Economic analysis of sweetpotato silage based diets for smallholder pig farmers in Uganda

Economic analysis of sweetpotato silage based diets for smallholder pig farmers in Uganda

Asindu, Marsy, Ojakol, James Francis, Lule, Peter, Naziri, Diego ORCID: 0000-0002-8078-5033 and Ouma, Emily (2019) Economic analysis of sweetpotato silage based diets for smallholder pig farmers in Uganda. In: 6th African Conference of Agricultural Economists, September 23-26, 2019, Abuja, Nigeria. International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, pp. 1-17. (doi:https://doi.org/10.22004/AG.ECON.295809)

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Abstract

This study assessed the economic viability of feeding pigs under smallholder farming systems on sweetpotato silage-based diets. On station and on farm feeding trials were carried out on 48 and 24 pigs, respectively. In addition, four farmers utilizing conventional feeding practices on three pigs (12 pigs in total) were included as control. Performance and feed intake data were collected for each pig over three months, from March to May 2016. Results show that, it is 32% more expensive to produce a kilogram of carcass weight using farmer conventional feeding practices compared to sweetpotato silage based-diet. At the same time, silage based
supplemented diets are economical if farmers prepare the silage themselves rather than purchasing at prevailing market prices. The study concludes that use of supplemented silage-based diets is economically efficient in smallholder pig production and this option can be comfortably exploited if farmers prepare the silage by themselves.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 6th African Conference of Agricultural Economists, September 23-26, 2019, Abuja, Nigeria
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic viability, silage diet, feeding trials, pig production, Uganda
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
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Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 09:00
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/33398

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