You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

A pig farm could have a higher income if the swine are in a good mood was the idea of a young man living in Speia, a town on the Nistru river due east of Moldova's capital, Chisinau. A loan provided by EU4Business initiative through the “Confidence Building Measures” Programme, which is being implemented by UNDP Moldova, helped Vitali Radulov put his idea into practice. With a grant of €10,000, the young farmer bought a special reed of low-fat pigs from Holland. When he started his business, he had 120 pigs; today, he owns a farm with 1,500 hogs.

Vitali emphasizes that he uses only natural feeding products: the cereals are cultivated in nearby fields by local farmers and the soy is imported from Ukraine. The ecological quality of the pork was also confirmed by farm employees.

The wrong temperature, not enough food and water, or even the wrong fodder mix are all factors that stress pigs out. As this farm owner points out, “unhappy” pigs eat, but they don't grow as they should. In average, their weight falls short about 20 grams per day. Considering the size of the herd, 1,500, and number of days they need to get to an ideal weight to be sold, 100, this adds up to a shortfall of about 3,000 kilograms and that's worth nearly €4,000.

To make sure this doesn't happen, the farmer does his best to ensure that the animals are calm. He provides them with continuous access to food and water, maintains a constant temperature, and sluices down the floors regularly.

Periodically, Vitali even puts on music for the pigs and organizes games. He has invented a kind of football game for the hyperactive individuals. To make sure the pigs don't hurt each other, he throws them plastic bottles filled with stones. All this effort is for pigs to stay in a good mood and grow faster.

Vitali's wife sells pork at the market. Most of the pigs are delivered directly from the farm and demand is high enough for the Radulovs not to work with sausage factories for now. However, he hopes to expand sales to the right bank of the Dniester and double the size of his herd, as demand for pork is on the rise.

Vitali continues to learn from the experience of his colleagues on the right bank of the river and in Ukraine. He now hopes to visit the Dutch farm from which he has been buying his pigs.

The EU4Business initiative, through the “Confidence Building Measures” Programme being implemented by UNDP, has assisted over 70 young people from both sides of the Dniester to start up a business and to generate about 350 new jobs.

Latest Success stories
Regina Naturii is a well-known Moldovan maker of natural honeys that has improved its leadership on local and foreign markets with honey that has no chemical additives.
He started a wooden toy business during his student years and so far, dozens of children and parents have enjoyed his creations. Igor Hincu is the founder of EduJoc company, which stood out on the Moldovan market for its extraordinary production vision and for demonstrating civic spirit every time the society needed.
Most local lavender growers have brought in their harvest, except of some fields in the north of the country, where rain is causing a delay. Farmers with young plantations harvested up to 30% fewer flowers than in 2019, and those with plants over 10 years old saw their crop down 50% compared to last year’s harvest.