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From Pork Selling to Pig Rearing: How Linus Ganyong Raises Pigs for Meat Processing

Imagine returning home from a long day at work or school. Feeling very tired, you still muster the strength to buy some foodstuffs and cook. Rather than picking up well-preserved high-quality meat from your local grocery store in the quarter, you run to the butcher to buy meat which has not only been exposed for too long but has also been infested by flies or poor hygienic conditions.

This pathetic situation has been the fate of many Cameroonians in urban areas as well as in the suburbs. In a bid to ameliorate the poor processing, packaging, and storage of meat, Linus Ganyong established a Pig Rearing and Meat Processing business.

Linus Ganyong Ngoh in his pig farm

“I believe processing and packaging meat will help reduce food shortages and wastage in our communities. It will also help the poor and less privileged to afford high-quality protein source which will help to cut down on malnutrition and hunger. I process and package meat (without any additives) and distribute it to supermarkets, cold stores, and local grocery stores in the quarter"

“The price range is affordable by struggling students and families, who are able to buy high-quality meat at their local grocery shop in the quarter on a daily basis at just  FCFA 500." Linus said.

With close to four years in business, Linus has a well-established pig farm in the suburbs of Bamenda where he rears his pigs and slaughters them for marketing.

“I actually started my business in 2015 as a pork seller. During the process, I used to go around and buy pigs but it was tedious for me. As such, I decided to go into pig rearing to rear my own pigs and slaughter them for marketing.”

The Journey...

Rearing pigs is no easy task especially with the insecurities that waver due to the Anglophone Crisis.

Somewhere in Banja, a village at Bamenda 3 sub-division, Linus has created a job for himself since he couldn’t find one after graduation.

“After graduating from the university, I couldn’t find a job so I got into business. When I started roasting pigs by the roadside, it was very encouraging and profitable.  However, my business was greatly affected by the Anglophone crisis. All my joints where I roasted pork were closed and the market became very slow.”

From a pork seller, Linus has returned to his farm and is investing all his efforts in rearing and selling the pigs.

Pig ready for the market

“Full-scale pig farming is the only thing I do now. I buy my feed in bulk and store at the farm. Most of my customers come from Douala and they buy from my pig farm which is out of Bamenda. When there’s conflict within the area, it becomes impossible for me to go there but I try as much as possible to be there.

Linus Ganyong got financial assistance from the Afro Hustler Micro Business Pitching Contest where he won first prize. It's it thanks to the prize that he was able to get more feed for his pigs.

Jovial and highly optimistic, Linus continues to run his pig farm amidst the crisis. Though very challenging, the young entrepreneur still thrives by diversifying his activities and rendering other services to his community.

“At the moment, I breed pigs and sell some of the piglets after rearing to market size. I also slaughter them and sell at the market. Moreover, I roast pigs for ceremonies such as weddings, traditional ceremonies, and birthdays. I equally offer consulting services for youths interested in pig rearing.”

If his pig farm is surviving in Bamenda, Linus believes other youths can survive in business too. On this note, he encourages them to keep pushing and never give up until they finally achieve their dreams.

During the Youth day celebrations in Bamenda, Linus won the Youth Excellence Award for the services that he is rendering to the population.

By Nji Nelson Chefor

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