In praise of pigs by Dr. Emma Naluyima

Dr. Emma Naluyima is a remarkable pig farmer from Uganda, known as Mama Pig, who manages the Once Acre Unlimited farm. Every morning at 4 a.m., she holds a unique board meeting with her pigs, believing in a mutual care arrangement. Dr. Naluyima recognizes the incredible potential of pigs in helping farmers escape poverty. Pigs are highly prolific, fast-growing, and require minimal space compared to other livestock. She initially faced challenges with obtaining good genetics, but she and her husband sold a truck to purchase a pig from South Africa, which turned out to be a game-changer.

Within a year, Dr. Naluyima earned $12,000 from selling the pig’s offspring, allowing her to expand her farm and pay for her master’s degree. She now produces an impressive 600-720 piglets annually, generating $60,000 from just a quarter of an acre of land. Dr. Naluyima shares her knowledge and expertise with other smallholder farmers, teaching them how to maximize yields and make the most of their limited space. She emphasizes that it’s not about how much land one has but rather how effectively it is utilized.

 

Dr. Naluyima’s farm has become a demonstration site, inspiring youth, children, and women in various farming techniques, both in crops and livestock. She highlights the value of pigs beyond meat production, such as utilizing their dung to make organic pesticides and biogas for cooking. This approach saves money, protects the environment, and reduces reliance on firewood and charcoal, thus combating deforestation.

Her incredible success story has earned her the respect and admiration of many. Dr. Naluyima believes in the power of early education and is planning to start a school that will teach children the importance of time management, the value of money, and the culture of saving through farming. Her mission is to empower the younger generation and change the perception of farming as a dirty job, creating a better future for Uganda and the world.

The story is based on an article from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) website. You can find the original article at the following linksource