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The American Samoa Interagency Piggery Management Council (ASIPMC)
Background of problems encountered in American Samoa
  Cultural background Surface water & Ground water Objectives Photos
  Legal setting Human Health Approach
  Piggery Waste Management Technique Development Program
  Implications of Pig Production on Human Health and the Environment Research Program
  Pig Husbandry and Water Awareness Program & Implementation and Education Program
The objectives of the IPMC are:
· To increase public awareness about the importance of proper piggery waste management.
· To eliminate the discharge of piggery waste into surface waters and to minimize the impact of piggery operations on groundwater resources.
· To help local pig farmers improve their husbandry skills.
· To implement a long-term program with communities and piggery operators allowing them to properly manage their piggery waste and satisfy their production goals.
In order for changes in waste management to significantly reduce the effect of piggeries on human health and the environment, the changes must occur at a large number of piggeries. In order to implement a program that has the potential to impact a large number of piggeries the proposed management changes should require as little change as possible on the part of the piggery operator and be within the range of possibilities acceptable to the operator. Knowledge of the American Samoa situation suggests that two elements will be required of an appropriate pig waste management program. The program should include solids separation and should reduce the use of water as much as possible. The resources required to implement such a program should be within the identifiable resources of the implementing agency. This includes, but is not limited to, the costs for physical improvements to the piggery, if provided, educational programming, and long term monitoring. Implementation of a program will be more successful if the suggested changes can be limited to a concise message that is applicable to most of the intended recipients with as little site-specific tailoring as possible. Additionally this reduces the cost of implementing the program.
References : United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1999 Census of Agriculture.
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American Samoa Interagency Piggery Managment Council American Samoa Interagency Piggery Managment Council.doc
American Samoa Interagency Piggery Managment Council American Samoa Interagency Piggery Managment Council.pdf
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