Aola piggery farmers get animal husbandry training

Castration demonstration of a male piglet.
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THIRTY-THREE piggery farmers at Aola Community in East Central Guadalcanal have participated in a three-day workshop training on proper animal husbandry and management.

Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock (MAL) conducted the training from June 7-9, following an assessment report from livestock officers that earlier went to Aola on April 17, 2021 to attend to and assess reports of pigs having died-off in the region.

The training aimed at equipping farmers with the knowledge especially on animal husbandry and management. Livestock officers also used the opportunity and assessed the farmer’s potentials and limitation in the livestock industry.

“The training was timely and important for the community since they have a lot of pigs which are poorly managed and also some are roaming around the villages,” Deputy Director of Livestock, Hearley Atupule said.

Participants of the training.

He said the training involved theory on the first day and practical sessions and farm visitation on the second/final day.

“It was a success as it imparted farmer’s new knowledge about animal husbandry and its importance,” Mr Atupule said.

Practical activities performed included the following;

  • Feed mixing formulation
  • Castration
  • Iron injection
  • Teeth clipping
  • Tail-docking
  • Anti-biotic injection
  • Disease observation on farm site
  • Nutritional advice on farm site

The farmers acknowledged MAL through the Livestock Department for the timely and important training and vowed to put into practice what have been learned from the training.

Principal Livestock Officer for Guadalcanal, James Pogula and a farmer at the farmers pig pen.

The livestock team members included Hearley Atupule, Deputy Director Livestock, James Pogula, Principal Livestock Officer Guadalcanal, Max Lazarus Principal Livestock Officer Research and Samson Kauli Senior Biosecurity Officer.

A separate programme for certificates presentation for participants will be held in due course.