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Pig production in Kenya has a long history dating back to 1904 when the first pigs were imported into the country from Seychelles.
The production of surplus cereals and skim milk provided the basis for pigs as a subsidiary for the British settlers who operated large-scale commercial farms during the colonial period (1900-1963) but since then pig rearing has been in the hands of small scale farmers who now constitute up to 70% of the total pig farmers.
The industry has been in the hands of the private sector for many years, apart from the time when Uplands Bacon factory under the Pig Industry Board had the monopoly. The factory collapsed and was wound up in 1987.