After witnessing several festivals last year, 2017 seems to be a league of its own. Apparently, Pig Production and Marketing Uganda Limited (PPM), a local company is organising a national pork festival! Yes, pork festival.
According to the company, the pork festival is intended to bring together all key parties engaged in the piggery value chain as a means of fostering partnerships and collaborations between them. It will also serve as a platform to create awareness about African Swine Fever (ASF) the main threat to pig production in Uganda and display different value addition techniques that increase the value of pork.
Away from that there will of course different pork dishes prepared by various chefs to seal off the festival.
Pork is a popular delicacy in and around Kampala city and it attracts hundreds of people to entertainment venues and bars that serve it grilled or deep-fried.
This level of consumption is reported to have increased 10 times more than it used to be 30 years ago with the per capita consumption of pork in Sub-Saharan Africa rated at 3.4 kg/person/year (FAOSTAT 2011).