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Bringing home the bacon, a Vietnamese native pig-farming success story

Meet Mr Duc, a native pig farmer/entrepreneur from Dak Lak, Vietnam who earned VND 900 million (around USD 40,000) for 2015 alone through improved production practices and innovative marketing techniques. Read the article for the full story.


After buying six sows from ethnic minority villages in Vietnam in 2009, Nguyen Van Minh began raising native/indigenous pigs. Six years on, Nguyen, affectionately known as Mr Duc, had increased that number to 130 sows, and was supplying around 500 slaughter pigs annually to the market. His annual earnings had grown exponentially, by 1500%, to VND900 million (approximately USD40,000). According to researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Western Highland Agriculture and Science Institute (WASI), key to his success has been Duc’s ability to create strong linkages with producers and buyers of indigenous pigs.

Vietnamese native pig farmer Mr Duc with researchers Mr Duc (far right) with the research team at his native pig farm (photo credit: ILRI/Kat Orbizo).

Mr Duc, an entrepreneur farmer from the Central Highlands in Vietnam, was one of the actors interviewed for the ILRI/WASI market study undertaken in December 2015. Through a series of informant interviews and focus group discussions…

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