Greening Pig Farms in the Marshall Islands Through Ecological Recycling
The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) has been implementing the Livestock Project in the Marshall Islands since 2015, with a view to strengthening food security and raising pork production in the country through ecological recycling. The modernized Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) pig house in Laura Farm was officially unveiled at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by H.E. R.O.C. (Taiwan) Ambassador Daniel D. W. Tang and Hon. Minister of Resources and Development Alfred Alfred Jr. on December 16, 2016. US Ambassador Karen B. Stewart and local government dignitaries were invited to witness and celebrate the successfully completion of the new TTM pigpen.The TTM in the Marshall Islands has carried out livestock projects since 1998, and initially used simple construction and intensive feeding to demonstrate hog raising. With environmental sustainability becoming an important concept in recent years, and in response to the global initiative for sustainable agriculture, the TTM began introducing newer feeding skills to the livestock production and management model to attain agricultural development while preserving the environment.The ecological pig farming system uses aquatic plants to absorb organic matters in waste water before its disposal in the river. At the same time, livestock waste is turned into organic compost and used as fertilizer. These methods have helped the Marshall Islands make the most efficient use of their limited resources, and enabled South Pacific islands to attain agricultural development that is environmentally friendly through bilateral technological cooperation.