Knowledge gap leads to low participation of pig farmers in Artificial insemination in Northern Uganda

Dissemination of the research results by Prima Kyohairwe

Kyohairwe Prima is a student at Gulu University (2017-2019) pursuing Master of Science in Agri-enterprise development under the MCF@RUFORUM scholarship. As part of her degree program, Prima identified a problem faced by the community in Northern Uganda and used a participatory approach to conduct a research which aimed at seeking for possible solutions to the identified problem. She assessed the use of Artificial Insemination (AI) in pig production in Gulu and Omoro districts Northern Uganda where pig production is a thriving business among many communities.

To ensure effective research contribution, she conducted a dissemination which engaged pig farmers and she identified the following as the problems identified by the team:

  1. Low production due to poor breeding technology,
  2. Low perception on AI by farmers and
  3. Lower returns from pig production.

The results of the study revealed that pig farmers in Northern Uganda would use AI if they fully understand the benefits and usefulness of the technology. This is justified by the fact that the results of the study shown low perception of farmers on AI but during the dissemination period, after farmers have understood the benefits of AI shown positive interest in the technology. A team comprising of the principal investigator (PI), the main researcher, the district officer in charge of animal resources and Local Council (LC) in the study area visited the target community and spoke to them as they presented the results of the study. With the support from the team, Farmers demonstrated the benefits of AI over traditional mating of animals.

Some of the Piglets produced through Artificial Insemination (AI)

Pig farmers appreciated the efforts made to introduce AI technology in pig breeding. They also appreciated Gulu University for the arrangement that brought about the training on AI, since it enabled them to make more profits from pig farming at reduced production costs and got morale to continue pig farming. Additionally, farmers appreciated the University for considering them for such a great opportunity and urged the university to consider dissemination as an essential part of a research work because it is educative. Some farmers who had almost given up on pig farming promised to resume with the new knowledge acquired from the pig CARP+. Just like many trainings before, they requested for frequent trainings. Pig farmers were advised to form groups in order to easily access financial support, skills enhancement, labor, access to training as well as the market for their products


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