Assessment of factors associated with the performance of piggery projects in Uganda
Atuma, Keith Muduuli
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This study was carried out in Mukono. The main objective of this study was to determine the factors associated with the performance of piggery projects in Uganda using Mukono Municipality as a case study. The study aimed specifically at determining the influence of age of the farmer, education level of the farmer, government assistance, religion of the farmer on performance of piggery projects, size of the household, feed costs and performance of piggery projects. The study found out that 42% of the respondents were aged between 30 years and 39 years, 40% of the respondents had acquired primary education qualification, 42% of the respondents were of the Anglican faith, the majority (52) had spent in piggery business for the period between 10 and 14 years, 69% of the respondents were buying pig feeds from the shops 74% of the respondents agreed that they were getting labor from the members of the household, 73% of the respondents agreed they have plans for business expansion, 57% of the respondents had 4 to 7 people in their household, 49% of the respondents got personal savings to startup the business and 34 % of the respondents had less than 20 animals. The study found significant relationship between age of the pig farmer and performance of piggery (p-value=0.000<0.05), significant relationship between education level of the pig farmer and performance of piggery (p-value=0.0000<0.05), insignificant relationship between religion of the pig farmer and performance of piggery (p-value=0.671>0.05), statistically significant relationship between source of funds to start pig farming and performance of piggery (pvalue= 0.000<0.05), statistically significant relationship between the size of the household of the pig farmer and performance of piggery (p-value=0.000<0.05), statistically significant relationship between feed costs and the performance of piggery (p-value = 0.000 <0.05). The study concluded that education level, government assistance, age and feed costs influence the performance of piggery and on the other hand, religion and household size do not influence the uptake of health insurance. The study recommended that government of the republic of Uganda through NAADS and Operation Wealth Creation should sensitize the people in semiurban and rural setting about the piggery business and its associated micro-economic effects on the society.