Ugandans are the biggest pork consumers in Africa, second in the World after China according to International Livestock Research Institute.
According to Dr Ben Lukuyu, a nutritionist and the Uganda country representative of the International Livestock Research Institute, per capita consumption of pork in Uganda is 3.5 kilogrammes, making Uganda the biggest consumer of pork in Africa and second to China globally.
Dr Lukuyu further said that 1.1 million households keep pigs and 3.5 smallholder farmers directly depend on growing pigs, while millions others are employed in the value chain.
He was presenting research findings on sweet potato and production of silage from vines for growing pigs at the Roots, Tubers and Bananas end of project meeting in Entebbe, today Wednesday.
The research, conducted in Masaka and Kamuli districts, explored linkages between sweet potato production and growing of pigs for consumption and commerce.