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Project Name: Livestock Project (Kiribati)
Project Description:

The rearing of pigs is important in Kiribati as the animal plays an important role in social functions such as marriages, birthdays and funerals, as well as represents a store of wealth. In terms of day-to-day consumption, however, most pork and chicken consumed in Kiribati is imported, and supplies are unstable and increasingly expensive due to the rising cost of the oil used for transportation. With local farmers unable to raise high-quality breeds of pig well enough to produce enough pork, the government of Kiribati has requested Taiwan’s assistance in upgrading local production so as to substitute for imports of frozen pork.   

Project appraisal found that pork production in Kiribati is low for a number of reasons: (1) no formal breeding system; (2) pig farmers’ knowledge and skills of breeding and rearing pigs are inadequate; (3) there is little material available locally to make pig feed, and imported feeds are very expensive; and (4) a lack of breeding equipment and associated know-how.


In assisting Kiribati to raise yields of pork, the main components of this project will include: (1) producing a stock of high-quality piglets for distribution to farmers, who will receive guidance on feeding and supply fully grown pigs to market; (2) organizing workshops; (3) biogas extension operations; and (4) training for personnel from the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development (MELAD) so that they have the capacity to manage pig farms in the future.


Specific project work components will include: (1) producing 1,200 piglets so as to improve the local breed; (2) working with 150 extension farmers to sell 550 pigs; (3) conducting 10 workshops for the benefit of 250 pig farmers; (4) researching local feeds and reducing feed costs by 20 percent; (5) establish biogas facilities on 10 extension farmers’ properties; and (6) training MELAD personnel to become pig farm managers.

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Livestock Project (Kiribati)

Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2015/12/31
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Produce 1,200 piglets to improve the breed.
  2. Work with 150 extension farmers to sell 550 pigs.
  3. Conduct 10 workshops for the benefit of 250 pig farmers.
  4. Research local feeds and reduce feed costs by 20 percent.
  5. Establish biogas facilities on 10 extension farmers’ properties.
  6. Train MELAD personnel to become pig farm managers.

Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Kiribati
  2. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development (Republic of Kiribati)
Current Progress:

To the end of December 2015, the following activities have been completed:

In 2011:

  1. Produced 203 piglets.
  2. Worked with 38 extension farmers to rear 86 meat pigs for onward sale.
  3. Completed two workshops for 50 pig farmers.
  4. Researched local feeds and reduced the cost of feed by 10 percent.
  5. Completed the installation of biogas equipment on two farmers’ properties.
  6. Trained MELAD staff on advance mating systems and an efficient, sustainable pig production cycle.

In 2012:

  1. Produced 436 piglets.
  2. Worked with 30 extension farmers to rear 121 meat pigs for onward sale.
  3. Completed two workshops for 52 pig farmers.
  4. Researched local feeds and reduced the cost of feed by 20 percent.
  5. Completed the installation of biogas equipment on two farmers’ properties.
  6. Trained MELAD staff on advance mating systems and an efficient, sustainable pig production cycle.

In 2013:

  1. Produced 469 piglets.
  2. Worked with 71 extension farmers to rear 213 meat pigs for onward sale.
  3. Completed two workshops for 47 pig farmers.
  4. Researched local feeds and reduced the cost of feed by 30 percent.
  5. Completed the installation of biogas equipment on two farmers’ properties.
  6. Trained MELAD staff on advance mating systems and an efficient, sustainable pig production cycle.

In 2014:

  1. Produced 397 piglets.
  2. Worked with 61 extension farmers to rear 210 meat pigs for onward sale.
  3. Completed two workshops for 56 pig farmers.
  4. Researched local feeds and reduced the cost of feed by 40 percent: To collect the test datas and write reports.
  5. Completed the installation of biogas equipment on two farmers’ properties: To istall the biogas equipment on first farmer's property.
  6. Trained MELAD staff on advance mating systems and an efficient, sustainable pig production cycle: To assist the MELAD staff for designing sow breeding form and establishing system.

In 2015:

  1. Produced 301 piglets.
  2. Worked with 45 extension farmers to rear 135 meat pigs for onward sale.
  3. Completed two workshops for 52 pig farmers.
  4. Researched local feeds and reduced the cost of feed by 50 percent: To collect the test datas and write reports.
  5. Completed the installation of biogas equipment on two farmers’ properties: To test the biogas equipment on second farmer's property.
  6. Trained MELAD staff on advance mating systems and an efficient, sustainable pig production cycle: To assist the MELAD staff for designing sow breeding form and establishing system.

Project Type: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Projected Benefits:
  1. The project will assist farmers to rear 550 pigs worth AUD$330,000.
  2. Increasing the locally raised stock of pigs will address market demand and reduce reliance on imported stocks by 70 percent, thereby reducing foreign exchange expenditure.
  3. Extension work with 150 pig farmers will benefit 750 persons; organizing 10 workshops will benefit 250 pig farmers.
  4. The project will facilitate the development of the agriculture/livestock industry, generate a source of fertilizers for home gardens and promote local production and food security.
  5. Promoting the development of biogas as a source of energy will reduce farmers’ expenditures on fuel.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Kiribati
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Asia-Pacific, Kiribati
Themes: Agriculture
Project status: Completed projects
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  • Date Updated:2018/8/27