ACIAR PIG MOVEMENT PROJECT STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP
3rd – 5th August 2009, Kupang, West Timor
The Stakeholder Workshop brought together livestock health and quarantine personnel, pig raisers and interested commercial parties of Nusa Tengarra Timor (NTT) to discuss their pig industry. In NTT, unlike some of Indonesia, pigs are a valued source of income and protein and have a prominent role in cultural practices. Pork restaurants have become particularly popular in Kupang in recent years leading to a substantial increase in demand for pigs in this regional centre.
The workshop hosted by Livestock Services NTT was the official start of the pig movement component of ACIAR AH/2006/156 hosted by the University of Sydney under leadership of Jenny-Ann Toribio.
Since the workshop interviews in markets selling live pigs have started on three large islands in NTT. Edwina Leslie (USyd PhD student) is contributing to this market study under the supervision of Dr Maria Geong (Head of Animal Health & Vet Public Health, Livestock Services NTT).