KARENNI STATE- A regional development group reportedly distributed piglets to an IDP shelter in Demoso Township, Karenni State, in the second week of July.
The main aim of the program is to generate income for war refugees, especially to provide employment for women who have been fleeing the war.
“If the sow gives birth to piglets, the owner must give one piglet to another person. If the boars are sold, one must buy a piglet as a replacement. This system ensures to provide food and provide something to work on while staying in the IDP camps,” said a displaced woman.
In addition, some of the IDPs have privately raised chickens, but some reportedly die of swine flu. It is reported that there are some restrictions on raising livestock in IDP camp areas.
Currently, there are still some difficulties raising the pigs as fewer piglets are available from the local farms and a rise in the price of pig food.
It is reported that the regional development group has provided 30 piglets as the first batch to raise and breed at the IDP camp.