A national pork festival is set to hold in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala on the 24th and 25th of June 2017. The two-day event is organized by Pig Production and Marketing Uganda Limited (PPM), a local livestock company specializing in the trade of pigs & their products.
“This pork festival is intended to bring together all key parties engaged in the piggery value chain as a means of fostering partnerships and collaborations between them. It will also serve as a platform to create awareness about African Swine Fever (ASF) the main threat to pig production in Uganda and display different value addition techniques that increase the value of pork, agro-inputs and low cost feed substitutes which can be adopted by piggery farmers or other players in the chain.”
The company wrote on their Facebook page.
The organizers of the east African nation’s maiden pork festival also mention that it will feature “different pork dishes prepared by various chefs presenting pork in various tastes bringing together people from different walks of life simply to relish.” Well, they are yet to mention if festival attendees will simply be relishing free of charge or if the pork dishes will have to be paid for.
According to a 2011 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), an agency of the United Nations, the per capita consumption of pork in Sub-Saharan Africa is 3.4 kg/person/year, with East Africa coming out on top because of its relatively less Muslim population. In Uganda, Pork is a popular delicacy in and around the capital city of Kampala where it attracts hundreds of people to entertainment venues and bars that serve it grilled or deep-fried.
Pig Production and Marketing Uganda Limited state that the level of consumption of pork in Uganda has increased 10 times from what it used to be 30 years ago. However, “the market for pig products along the pig value chain is disorganized, has many value chain actors, and many service providers, whose activities are not well co-ordinated.”
It’s these disruptions in the nation’s pig production value chain that the PPM’s national pork festival aims to access and tackle.