People Improving Growth for Swine ( PIGS ) in Micronesia

Project Overview

EW99-002
Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1999: $47,540.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $21,000.00
Region: Western
State: Guam
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Manuel Duguies
Cooperative Extension Service

Annual Reports

Commodities

  • Animals: swine

Practices

  • Animal Production: feed/forage, housing, parasite control, animal protection and health, manure management, preventive practices
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, networking

    Abstract:

    This grant was a training program for livestock extension agents working with the Extension Service of the Land-Grant Institutions, State Department of Agriculture staff and hog producers in Micronesia. Correspondence and workshops were utilized to educate and train participants. Teaching materials were produced from swine factsheets produced by the Pork Industry Handbook and local publications from University of Hawaii and University of Guam. Factsheets and publications were simplified and summarized by program major participants to fit clientele level of understanding. These lessons were mailed monthly to participants.

    Participants were selected to attend a workshop on Guam. Selection of participants was based on quiz results and finishing the whole course of the training program.

    Project objectives:

    I. Objectives:

    1. Promote good stewardship of the nation’s natural resources by providing site-specific and profitable sustainable farming and ranching methods that strengthen agricultural competitiveness.

    2. Enhance the quality of life for farmers/ranchers and ensure rural community viability, by increasing income and employment-especially profitable self-employment opportunities in agriculture and rural communities.

    a. Educate and train hog producers, extension agents and agricultural staff in swine production and management through correspondence lessons and training workshops.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.