Majority of small pig farmers of Nepal are from marginalized underprivileged groups. As per the agriculture census of 2011, there were 5, 40,000 households rearing pigs (mostly less than two) in Nepal. When the pig program of Samarth-NMDP was launched in 2012, there were only 40 registered pig farms. Today, there are more than 1200 registered pig farms scattered around the hills and the plains of Nepal.
VRC slaughter-shed, the first of its kind in the eastern region of Nepal, was inaugurated amidst a small function in Manglabarey, Dharan, on 28th May, 2016 by the Regional Directorate of Livestock Services Dr Sudarshan Prasad Regmi. Smallholder pig farmers of surrounding areas will be the sole providers of pigs for this slaughter-shed based in Dharan – the largest city in terms of pork consumption.