Youths Venture in Agribusiness
Members of Kasaka Club from Goneka Village, TA Timbiri in the lakeshore district of Nkhatabay have engaged in piggery farming as a way to economic empowerment and independence in response to unemployment challenges in the area.
The youth club members decided to embark into piggery after conducting a market research that showed that this kind of farming could yield high economic returns and subsequently improve their livelihood.
The club Chairperson, Alex Phiri explained that for along time the youth club has been looking for way to better their lives but have not been fruitful due to lack of capital until recently when the club decided to engage an extra gear.
Phiri narrates that the club mobilized resources from the membership fees and rolled the project which started with molding bricks but the project needed more resources which the club could not raise on their own and they turned Unite Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for support. “honestly, we just started and hope for the best. It was hopeless at some point until we heard of the Adapt Plan, which is under the Unite Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where they accept proposals from young people and we decided to try our luck. Fortunately, we were successful, and granted thirty 12 feet iron sheets; 45 bags cement and 15 pieces of timber” narrates Phiri.
So far, the club has started with 4 gilts and 1 boar. To ensure sustainable management of the production, each member is asked to contribute a monthly fee of K2000 to be used for day to day running expensed such as; purchasing of drugs, vitamins and feed. In addition, every member is given a number of days in which they are expected to feed the piglets, mop the kraal and do other management operations.
Piglets moving in the wallowing area of the kraal
The club will be producing piglets and sell them when they are two months old. This is so because raising piglets is expensive as feed is scarce and worrisomely expensive thereby reducing net revenue after selling mature pigs, “We are running away from selling the mature pigs because they have high costs of production. Feed is expensive, so keeping them for six months increases the expenditures which in turn reduces net revenue after selling them” cited Alex Phiri.
The club members on duty, cleaning the kraal.
The clubs faces challenge of scarcity of feeds at the local market. This pauses a chance to compromise the productivity.
Alphaeus Chiwindo, NYCOM DYVR for Nkhata Bay