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The role of SAPPO is to enable pig producers in South Africa to be economically viable and to maximise their long-term profitability through transferring industry knowledge, liaison with stakeholders, training/skills development and mentorship.

A number of pig farmers, especially smallholder pig farmers, faces numerous challenges hindering them to become successful. SAPPO strives to assist aspiring and existing pig farmers to become sustainable profitable pig farmers.


    It is the responsibility of the farmers to acquire land for the intended pig farming business. Prospective farmers must ensure that ownership or a long-term lease for the intended land is acquired. The size of the land required will vary based on the intended unit size as well as the proposed production system. SAPPO can advise on the required land size upon indication of the intended unit size.


    Upon acquisition of the land, the farmer is advised to contact Environmental authorities for the arrangement of the Environmental Management Plan as per the environmental regulations. The approved Environmental Management Plan will ensure that the identified land is suitable for pig farming. Any pig farmer is obliged to provide an approved EMP for the identified land as required by the environmental laws. An EMP is a component of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which must be provided in any commercial piggery. On request, SAPPO can assist with contact details of environmental consultants who can provide detailed advice on the EMP. Prospective pig farmers are also advised enquire about Water User and Waste Discharge Water Related Use licenses from the Department of Water Affairs.


    Any prospective pig farmer must ensure that prior to the operation of the piggery, there is a secured market within a reasonable distance from the production point.  It also remains the responsibility of the farmer to do a feasibility study and research about the availability and proximity of markets to the proposed piggery. The prospective farmer must further negotiate agreements with prospective markets. SAPPO will assist with provision of relevant information regarding available markets.


    Due to the intensiveness and complexity of pig farming, the enterprise requires high start-up capital. SAPPO can assist farmers with a generic business plan which should be used as a guideline in preparation of a business plan. It is the responsibility of the prospective farmer to acquire quotations from inputs suppliers and update the figures in the generic business plan.  SAPPO does not offer any financial assistance. A list of financial institutions can be provided by SAPPO on request.


    It is the responsibility of a farmer to negotiate better deals when purchasing production inputs for her/his business operation. SAPPO will assist in identifying sources of production inputs for the piggery project.

    SAPPO offers the following assistance to aspiring pig farmers:

    • Provision of a generic business plan to be used as a guideline.
    • Training of prospective and existing pig farmers.
    • Training of government and non-government Extension Officers and Animal Health Technicians
    • Provision of mentorship to piggeries that meet SAPPO’s mentorship guidelines
    • Provision of technical advice during farm visits
    • Coordination of information at information sharing platforms, such as study groups and farmers days.
    • Facilitate and advice on market access and production inputs.
    • SAPPO does not offer any financial assistance to any farmer or group of farmers.


SAPPO is an organization that acts as a mouthpiece of all pig farmers in South Africa, irrespective of the unit size or the location of the farmer. Any pig farmer with an interest of becoming SAPPO member can contact SAPPO offices for membership application.  Farmers who do not wish to become members of SAPPO can still contact SAPPO for any enquiries related to pig farming.

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