The Pig sector is large and associated overwhelmingly with poor and disadvantaged groups. More than 90% of the 540,000 households involved in rearing pigs have either one or two pigs as ‘fatteners’, in simple, low-cost, low-input, small-scale systems. Pigs are reared mostly in rural areas, with women being central to pig-raising activities.

Rearing pigs help rural households have a safety net in terms of savings, nutritious food security and provide a source of cash for household expenditure.

Samarth-NMDP aims to improve the performance of the pig sector by facilitating the development of a sustainable pig breeding system, through the development of market agents at the village level, who can provide improved boars and artificial insemination services. Other interventions focus on facilitating a public-private dialogue to identify the challenges and issues facing the sector; and enhancing small farmers’ access to markets by strengthening trade through improved aggregation mechanisms, guaranteed buy-back agreements and  hygienic small slaughterhouses.

Current Interventions

1. High Quality and Sustainable Pig Seed Stock

2. Enhanced Public Private Dialogue

3. Improved Pig and Pork Marketing

Samarth-NMDP is implementing this project in partnership with CEAPRED

Related Resources

March 31, 2017

This case study examines the work Samarth-NMDP had done in the pig sector to improve the sustainability and yield of quality pork production through the introduction of enhanced breeding methods.

March 28, 2017

Explore the interventions that Samarth-NMDP has undertaken in the pig sector which has cemented stronger linkages between farmers and the market, improved the quality of in-country pork and increased the benefit of smallholder farmers in terms of higher income and risk avoidance. 

December 12, 2016
Before Samarth’s initiation, small slaughterhouses were non- existent in Nepal. Although, there had been some effort by the government to build large slaughterhouses in Thankot and in Hetauda, impractical design and lack of ownership by the private actor had led to failure in the operation of the slaughterhouses. This study focuses on the program's effort to support to establish micro slaughterhouses with modern equipment and to establish backward linkages with smallholder farmers and forward linkages with processors in Kathmandu on a cost-sharing basis.
November 09, 2016

An infographic of the gradual progress and milestones in the pig sector after Samarth-NMDP's intervention to uplift the sector.

November 09, 2016
Until recently, the pig sector had been largely overlooked by the government agencies, agricultural institutions and donor agencies as a development tool to improve the living standards of underprivileged farmers. The sector was dominated by subsistence farming and t