Adoption of improved pig production practices under the Vietnamese good animal husbandry practices (VietGAHP) initiative could increase pig farmers’ income by 30-40%. This is in addition to farmers receiving other benefits such as reduced pig rearing times, improved environment, reduced disease risks, better production techniques, and financial and material support from World-Bank funded Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Project (LIFSAP).
After buying six sows from ethnic minority villages in Vietnam in 2009, Nguyen Van Minh began raising native/indigenous pigs. Six years on, Nguyen, affectionately known as Mr Duc, had increased that number to 130 sows, and was supplying around 500 slaughter pigs annually to the market. His annual earnings had grown exponentially, by 1500%, to VND900 million (approximately USD40,000). According to researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Western Highland Agriculture and Science Institute (WASI), key to his success has been Duc’s ability to create strong linkages with producers and buyers of indigenous pigs.
This year, the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish is undergoing an independent external evaluation to assess the phase one implementation of the program.