The Pig sector is large and associated overwhelmingly with poor and disadvantaged groups. More than 90% of the 540,000 households involved in rearing pigs have either one or two pigs as ‘fatteners’, in simple, low-cost, low-input, small-scale systems. Pigs are reared mostly in rural areas, with women being central to pig-raising activities.

Rearing pigs help rural households have a safety net in terms of savings, nutritious food security and provide a source of cash for household expenditure.

Samarth-NMDP aims to improve the performance of the pig sector by facilitating the development of a sustainable pig breeding system, through the development of market agents at the village level, who can provide improved boars and artificial insemination services. Other interventions focus on facilitating a public-private dialogue to identify the challenges and issues facing the sector; and enhancing small farmers’ access to markets by strengthening trade through improved aggregation mechanisms, guaranteed buy-back agreements and  hygienic small slaughterhouses.

Current Interventions

1. High Quality and Sustainable Pig Seed Stock

2. Enhanced Public Private Dialogue

3. Improved Pig and Pork Marketing

Samarth-NMDP is implementing this project in partnership with CEAPRED

Related Resources

November 09, 2017

This case study explores the crowding-in of the small and micro slaughterhouse intervention in the pig sector.

November 07, 2017

During Programme Year Five, from April 2016 to end March 2017, Samarth-NMDP has solidified its interventions and has been able to record some impressive results at all levels of the log frame. At the impact level, the programme has made significant progress since year 4, reporting a total of 183,463 beneficiaries to date, nearly doubling the programme results to date. One-fourth of the results reported to date come from the Crop Protection Inputs sector, and Pigs, Vegetables, and Fish sectors have all reached between 20-30,000 beneficiaries each.

October 25, 2017

A brief overview of Samarth's pig sector as a whole, as at March 2018.

October 11, 2017

Samarth NMDP shared the experiences and learnings on different interventions under pig, fish and vegetable sectors in a half-day workshop organized by MDFN on 14th September, 2017.