"A Centre of Excellence for Pig Development"

Research

The PIB undertakes research in the fields of nutrition, breeding and production. The research is mainly applied and is aimed at finding solutions to the problems that Zimbabwean pig producers will be facing. Due to resource constraints most of the research is done in collaboration with other research institutions and companies in Zimbabwe. Two research projects were done in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe from 2013 to 2014. One of the studies involved assessing the meat consumption patterns in urban and rural Zimbabwe. The other study was on mitigating the occurrence and the effects of undersized piglets in a litter.

In 2019, two papers were published at the Research Council of Zimbabwe. The first paper evaluated the dietary inclusion of moringa leaf meal on the performance of piglets. Adding the meal extract improved the growth rate of piglets. The second one focused on using cowpea meal as a soya bean meal substitution. Results and papers are available on the following link;

http://rcz.ac.zw/docc/12th%20ZIRS%20Book%20of%20Papers%20Presented.pdf