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Project Name: Hog-raising Project (Solomon Islands)
Project Description: This project will strengthen the local pork industry in accordance with socio-cultural traditions in the Solomon Islands and the government’s National Development Plan for 2011-14, providing a supply of piglets to lower- and middle-income households and assisting in the development of smallholder hog-raising operations, thereby stabilizing the local supply of pigs.
Overall, this project will:
  1. Make adaptive improvements to pig breeding, propagation and promotion operations.
  2. Test and demonstrate small-scale biogas facilities and provide pig farmers with training on the production of biogas from pig manure to promote year-on-year rises in production rates.
  3. Provide pig farmers with training to demonstrate the production of self-mixed pig feed; provide guidance to raise the number of pig training workshops so as to transfer associated technologies.
  4. Transfer the operations of pig farms and feed mills, and biogas and manure utilization management techniques, to technical cooperation personnel at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).

Hog-raising Project in the Solomon Islands


Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2014/12/31
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Make adaptive improvements to pig breeding operations and breed 1,200 piglets per year.
  2. Test and demonstrate applicable small-scale biogas facilities at farms managing herds of 10-30 pigs; train pig farmers on the use of biogas and manure, and extend such operations to install up to 30 biogas facilities at small-scale farms per year.
  3. Train 25 pig farmers to produce self-mixed feed per year; provide guidance to raise the number of pig training workshops so as to transfer associated technologies.
  4. Transfer the operations of pig farms and feed mills, and biogas and manure utilization management techniques, to technical cooperation personnel at the MAL in accordance with the project plan.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Solomon Islands
  2. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and provincial agricultural departments (Solomon Islands)
Current Progress:

To the end of December 2014, the following activities have been completed:

In 2011:

  1. Project expansion: Raised and distributed 1,000 juvenile pigs, supporting 100 farmers (10 per farmer) for smallholder pig production; provided guidance to 50 pig farmers so that they are capable of breeding at least 800 piglets, with supply to the market expected to reach 2,000 or more, representing a 20 percent rise in supply to the market in Honiara.
  2. Development of biogas utilization: Trained a small biogas team to implement training, design, development and farmer advocacy of biogas alternative energy.
  3. Feed formulation and production: Conducted research and development into the formulation and development of materials distributors, and carried out feed formulation and production in support of self-sufficient local pork production; provided guidance to 30 pork producers on the use of locally produced crops as part of pig feed.
  4. Skills transfer training: Transferred feed formulation skills to local farmers and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock personnel overseeing the implementation of the project.

In 2012:

  1. Project expansion: Maintained 80 breeding sows and 20 boars, with an annual output of 1,200 piglets, supporting 120 farmers (10 per farmer) for smallholder pig production and raising supply to the market in Honiara by 35 percent.
  2. Development of biogas utilization: Worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Cooperation in developing 10-30 small biogas demonstration, observation and training sessions for the benefit of 10 pig farmers; supplied biogas to farmers for cooking, reducing the burning of firewood and coconut, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs, and significantly reducing contamination due to pig waste, as well as conserving water resources by producing a byproduct that can be used to water vegetables or be added to fertilizer.
  3. Feed formulation and production: Conducted research and development into the formulation and development of materials distributors, carried out feed formulation and production in support of self-sufficient local pork production; provided guidance to 40 pork producers on the use of locally produced crops as part of pig feed.
  4. Skills transfer training: Transferred feed preparation facilities to be operated independently by the team from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

In 2013:

  1. Project expansion: Maintained 80 breeding sows and 22 boars, with an annual output of 1,200 piglets, as well as provided guidance to local pig farmers raising 400 juvenile pigs, supporting approximately 160 farmers (10 per farmer) for smallholder pig production and self-sufficient local pork production, and raising supply to the market in Honiara by 55 percent.
  2. Development of biogas utilization: Continued to promote the demonstration, installation and training of small-scale biogas facilities.
  3. Feed formulation and production: Conducted research and development into the formulation and development of materials distributors, and carried out feed formulation and production in support of self-sufficient local pork production; provided guidance to 40 pork producers on the use of locally produced crops as part of pig feed.
  4. Skills transfer training: Trained management personnel (on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Training and with its consent) and transferred pig breeding, breeding management and biogas placement skills to local farmers and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock co-workers.

In 2014

  1. Pig farm pig production: 1,473, piglet supply: 1223.
  2. Feed formulation of 162,240 kg, counseling to promote farmers: 277.
  3. Internship training for 7 technical personnel, Solomon Island University 15 trainees, and intern 120 agricultural students.
  4. Assist SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community), GIZ (international climate change organization) program handling pig and biogas technology promoters training workshops for 20 participants.

Project Type: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Projected Benefits:
  1. Annual production is expected to reach 1,200 head of high-quality breeding and meat piglets, which will reduce demand for imported pork.
  2. The project will promote cooperation with the MAL to provide guidance and technical know-how on biogas facilities to 30 pig farmers.
  3. Technical training will be provided to 150 persons per year.
  4. In accordance with the progress of the project, training will be provided to technical personnel at the MAL to take over the operations of pig farms, feed mills and pig promotion activities, to enhance their pig extension capacity.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Solomon Islands
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Asia-Pacific, Solomon Islands
Themes: Agriculture
Project status: Completed projects
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  • Date Updated:2018/8/27