How snail farmers make millions - PUNCH
Snail meat is white meat with a difference: It is similar in taste and texture to that of seafood; but unlike seafood, it is characteristically organic. It is therefore quite clearly a preferable table meat from the health point of view and is increasingly recommended by nutritionists, especially for the elderly and people living with chronic diseases that require modified diets.
Lately, with greater consumer awareness of the implications of high cholesterol levels in the blood and the possible association with increased incidence of heart attacks, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, the demand for snail meat in the local and international market has been growing.
Commercial snail farming has become an alternative for livestock farmers as it offers them new business opportunities. Snail farming is thriving at the moment in Nigeria because it was neglected and overlooked.
Snail breeding can yield quick money if the farmer understands the nitty-gritty of the modern techniques and type of species that are in high demand in Nigeria, Europe, USA and other developed countries.
In terms of cost and time, snail farming is a low risk business and profitable unlike many other livestock businesses, snail farming requires very little start up and operating costs. Someone can start with N100, 000 or N150, 000 depending on the size of your farm.
Snails are a huge part of the diet in many parts of Africa and around the world, although they are not always affordable and available all year round.
Fifty thousand (50,000) snails after two years sold at the rate of N200 each (highly reduced price) will give you about N10 million.
Most of the snails supplied to the Nigerian market are picked from forests during the rainy season, which is between April and September.
One reason why potential investors or farmers should consider snail business is that during the dry season, snail becomes increasingly scarce and the market is starved of constant supply until the next wet season. This makes the supply of snails very seasonal in many parts of world where they serve as food.
As a result, snails can fetch much higher prices during the dry season, which is December to March when supply often does not keep up with demand. This is why you need to cultivate snail at your backyard or compound for profit making.
As Nigeria explores possible areas of diversifying its economy to rake in more foreign exchange, the country should take a closer look at snail farming. The demand for snails in the local and international market is very encouraging.
Currently, Archachatina marginata snail specie is highly sought-after and sells like hot cake in all the local and international market. This giant snail breed is the most desirable for farmers because it grows so big to become the biggest snail species in the world.
Archachatina marginata has the advantage of high adaptability, survivability, highly prolificacy, fleshier and are hardy in addition to their abundance in Nigeria. The giant African land snail is about the largest known land snail. Mature adult can weigh an average of 180-300g.
The West African giant snail serve an increasing important role in the tropics by virtue of their survival under captive rearing, resistance to parasite and disease, ability to accept and convert plant parts and artificial diets to flesh as well as being of high consumer preferences.
We’re creating wealth for farmers with quality snail species. We breed functional, hardy, fast growing fertile snails. We have been selectively breeding our snails for many years to produce a snail that pastures well in our natural environment with excellent taste and flavour.
To help prospective snail farmers avoid unnecessary mistakes, Jovana Farms has embarked on nationwide seminars on animal farming for Nigerians to learn the nitty-gritty of the business in their environment.
Those who cannot attend our seminars can order for our self-tutorial VCD & book, and train themselves. The primary objective is to bring this golden opportunity to the door step of every Nigerian as a very sure and potent means of conquering poverty.