Senior Livestock Officer in the district, Lilian Lyimo revealed this when addressing journalists here on Wednesday.
She described pig farming as one of the tools that is likely to change people’s livelihoods since a single pig weighing between 100 and 150 kilograms is sold at 500,000/-.
She said: “It becomes easy to keep the animals when you form groups. The business has a readymade market in almost all the largest cities across the country”.
Babati district, Lyimo said, has a total of 408 pig farmers owning 8,153 pigs. She said the number of pigs could double if farmers enhance productivity and consider the best pig farming practices.
Lyimo noted that, once pigs are feed well can deliver a good number of piglets after every three months. She said that during pregnancy, farmers shouldn’t much the pigs because they will add too much weight which may affect the number of piglets to be born.
The official said that Babati residents had started to massively engage in pig farming after they were supported by the Heifer International Tanzania. The organization provided the villagers with pigs as well as pig house facilities.
Heifer International Tanzania works to assist resource-poor farming families, orphans and vulnerable children, women, the elderly and HIV/Aids affected households.
She explained that in March 2010, the district received ten pigs from the organization which were given to the villagers. She said that after few months, Heifer International Tanzania gave them another 20 pigs which were reproduced and given to many villagers.
“Those engaging in pig farming have been able to construct better houses and meet their daily requirements”, said Lyimo reminding farmers to consult extension officers before deciding the pig breeds they want to keep.