In many respects, pigs are ideal in this regard. They have fast growth rates and good feed-to-meat conversion ratios ; are relatively easy to raise, and do not require much space ; have prolific breeding potential ; and are docile. These factors not only lead to increased profitability but will surely assist in meeting the growing demand for meat in future. They usually breed twice a year, and produce about 12 piglets in a litter. These weigh about 1,1kg at birth and, unlike any other livestock, may double their weight in the first week of life if they obtain sufficient milk from the sow. It should be noted that piglets can be weaned at two to four weeks and can be slaughtered as ‘weaners’ at two to three months old.
After realizing how easy it is to raise pigs and their quick and effective productivity we were convinced that this project is relevant to uplift the welfare of the community and eradicate poverty in general.