Biggest local pig farmer with 500 pigs
A pig farmer from Tanna has raised over 500 pigs and has sufficient market on the island without having to bother supplying pork to Port Vila or other islands.
Mr Kamisak Welby was hailed the wealthiest pig farmer in Vanuatu by the Departments of Livestock and Industry officials during a workshop on livestock policies in Port Vila last week.
In an interview with Daily Post, Mr Welby related his story of success in pig farming on his home island of Tanna.
He left school at primary level in 1986,did not have enough land for crops farming and decided that the a land he had would be utilized for pig farming. He built a pigsty enough for four female and male pigs. Few months later he began supplying pigs to the people on the island. And by 2011 Mr Welby has raised over 500 pigs.
“I have 50 pens for the 500 pigs and still need to expand. I manage the whole farm with my two sons who have completed their education but decided to invest back in pig farming,” Mr. Welby told Daily Post.
The wealthiest pig farmer in Vanuatu explained to Daily that there is no need to look for market in Port Vila because there is more than sufficient market demand on Tanna.
But also he does not want to be involved in transport, storage and shipping costs to bring and sell his pigs in Port Vila or elsewhere in Vanuatu.
“You will only be wasting money when you already have more than enough demand on the island of Tanna itself,” Mr Welby answered to a question of marketing.
He said he is not wealthy because he has helped many people on the island of Tanna itself over the past 25 years. His extended to families in need of schools fees, medical assistance, church programs and buildings as well as schools on Tanna,water tanks and many more.
“Everyday people seek help from me and my family and even I buy their pigs to give them cash money for their needs and it is very rewarding to extend such help to the people in your community,” he told Daily Post with a smile.
Mr.Welby has only one need to help sustain his business and that is water supply for his pigs. Over the past 25 years he had to bring water from a distance for his pigs. Nowadays he brings water by vehicle to provide water for the 500 pigs. Water was his only request at the workshop in Port Vila if the government or other organizations can come forth with that help to the Tanna farmer who has proved that ni-Vanuatu people can do more than where they are now in any business as he told Daily Post.