The pig is one of the earliest domesticated animals, and plays an integral part in a number of peasant economies in the tropics, for example in Oceania and South East Asia. In several African countries and others such as Thailand, increasingly intensive pig production has played a significant role in overall economic growth and the feeding of an expanding urban population. Furthermore, although in some circumstances pigs do compete with humans for food resources, they are very versatile at utilizing byproducts and wastes that are not suitable for human consumption. There is theretofore considerable potential for developing pig production in the tropics, and this book provides an accessible guide to the subject for students, farmers and advisory workers.
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