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New Outgrower Scheme to Boost Capacity

by 5m Editor
19 March 2008, at 9:50am

ZIMBABWE - Pork processor, Colcom Holdings will increase its slaughter capacity from its current 32 per cent, with the start of its new outgrower scheme.

A report in Harare's Herald newspaper, says the new scheme, named Zimbabwe Assured Quality Pig scheme (ZAQP), will increase production from 45 000 pigs to 95 000 within the next three years.

Mark Swannack, Director of Triple C, a subsidiary of Colcom, said the project involves the development of 12 nucleus breeding and pig finishing units. The pig farms will be constructed in various provinces.

"We are initiating this scheme to satisfy the local and export demand which exceeds our slaughter capacity of 1 500 pigs per week, translating to 32 percent slaughter capacity," he said.

Colcom has the capacity to slaughter around 5,000 pigs per week if production is high. It already operates a number of established breeding units in various areas, three of which, in Chinhoyi, Selous and Lions Den, carry a total of 1,700 pigs already operating ," he said.

"Our plan is to increase the breeding units to 12 which we will provide with pigs, stock feed, drugs and necessary assistance, said Mr Swannack.

View the Herald story by clicking here.

5m Editor