Remedial Works at the Waste Treatment Plant, St. Martin Pig Farm - Additional funding
Remedial Works at the Waste Treatment Plant, St. Martin Pig Farm - Additional funding
The St. Martin Pig Farm was set up in 1985 on a portion of State Land to the extent of 10 arpents with a view to alleviating problems of pig breeders in the outskirts of the towns of Beau Bassin/Rose Hill. All the pig breeders at the St. Martin Pig Farm are members of the Plaisance Pig Credit & Marketing Co-operative Society, registered in 1971. Presently some 44 members of the Society are operating on the farm.

A pig waste treatment plant was set up in 2003 at the farm for an amount of Rs 8.2 Million by the Ministry of Environment to treat pig effluents, which were causing environmental problems such as odor, wastewater risk of ground water pollution.

The treatment plant comprises of the following:
- Digesters
- Sedimentation tanks
- Shallow basins and
- Reticulation pipes.

However, since the beginning of 2005 the treatment plant has not been functioning properly as the main underground sewage pipe and the manholes along the line were clogged with pig effluents. Remedial measures were taken to resolve the problem but the piping system and the manholes were again clogged with pig wastes. The situation was further aggravated when the pig wastes started to overflow and accumulate on the ground land.

As at date, there is dire need of a remedial project to the treatment plant for it to operate smoothly. The implementation of the remedial works project at the St. Martin Pig Farm would result in the cleaning of the all the underground piping structures and manholes, digesters and sedimentation basins. The existing diameter of the sewage pipeline would be replaced by a larger additional manhole with anchored galvanized steps would be constructed and other minor works would also be carried out. The objectives of the project are mainly to bring back the pig waste treatment plant into optimum operation with an enhanced sewage pipe line for the treatment of pig effluents and to ward off environmental problems linked with pig effluents.

The pig breeders are all involved in the business activity of pig breeding in a co-operative community basis that makes entirely dependent upon it for their livelihood. However, any business activity performed should be in harmony with the environment and any activity that has a detrimental impact upon the environment should be resolved urgently. The St Martin Pig Farm is facing a similar problem linked with the environment and the urgency of the situation requires a concerted effort from all the stakeholders in order to ensure the livelihood of the 44 breeders operating in an environment friendly fashion. The GEF/SGP Country Programme Strategy is concerned with tackling environmental challenges and the pig waste problem is directly linked with land degradation and could be considered under International Waters. As such, the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme could greatly assist the Society financially in implementing the remedial works project at the St. Martin Pig Farm.

The project is mainly concerned with remedial works at St. Martin Pig Farm for the cleaning and maintenance of the pig waste treatment plant. The scope of works includes cleaning of pipes, manholes, digesters and sedimentation basins; construction of additional manholes, supply and fixing of 46 sieves and 2 sump tanks; and other minor works. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 10,512,300 and the amount of funding requested from the GEF/SGP is Rs 1.596,300. The fund would be thoroughly utilized for the purpose of remedial works at the St. Martin Pig Farm.

The Society is unable to finance this costly project as its annual budget is very limited and consists mainly of contributions from member breeders. The breeders’ economic position in pig breeding activity in terms of revenue they earn cannot be considered as a source for the funding of the project, as this would overburden their household budget. As such, the Society is relying upon the GEF-SGP to provide the necessary fund for the project.

Local firms would be requested to bid for the remedial works at the St. Martin Pig Farm according to the detailed specification/scope of works and conditions. The Engineering Division of the Ministry of Agro-Industry & Fisheries shall be the supervisory body for the remedial works performed by the successful tenderer.
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Project Snapshot

Plaisance Pig Credit & Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 6,564.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator


C/o Mr. Paul Elvis Raya, Dr. Idriss Goomany Street, Plaisance, Rose Hill
Plaisance, Rose Hill ,

SGP Country office contact

Mrs. Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo
(230) 213 53 84
(230) 212 14 11


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