Today we want to discuss on the benefits of snail farming and of course the reasons why you should start a snail farm even now but then let us first tell you what snail farming is all about especially if you are visiting this website for the first time.
What is Snail Farming?
Heliciculture, also known as heliculture, commonly known as snail farming, is the process of raising land snails specifically for human use, either to use their flesh as edible escargot, or more recently, to obtain snail slime for use in cosmetics, or snail eggs for human consumption as a type of caviar. – Wikipedia.
Numerous researches has proven snail farming to be a very profitable farming venture and that rearing or breeding snails is one way of becoming self reliance. Unfortunately, many livestock farmers all over the world are yet to fully harness the potentials that abounds in farming snails.
In Nigeria, when people talk of livestock farming, snail farming is actually the least thing that comes to mind. Most persons would rather prefer fish farming, poultry, pig farming, cattle farming etc to snail farming.
Today, I want us to look at some benefits of snail farming and why you should start a snail farm.
Benefits of Snail Farming
- Snail rearing is a high profit-yielding farming venture when properly and professionally managed.
- Snail farming provides a cheap source of high quality animal protein for human consumption. Snail is a white meat therefore very healthy for consumption.
- Starting a snail farm requires relatively low startup capital compared to other forms of animal farming.
- Snail offal may be used as a source of protein and its shell as calcium source in animal formulated feeds.
- The snail fluid (slime) is highly sought by cosmetic pharmaceutic companies due to its therapeutic contents.
- Managing a snail farm is easier, less stressful and demanding as against other forms of animal farming.
- Snails are a slow moving, gentle and easy to control animal and therefore can serve as a job for all.
- Due to the hermaphroditic nature of the African land snail, they can easily multiply increasing your snail farming enterprise.
- Snail breeding does not necessarily need strong vaccination or drug administration as snails are generally a strong creature.
- In the intensive snail farming method, a small land space can be used to rear thousands of snails. As a matter of fact, it is the only animal that can be reared anywhere; in used car tyres, cage, pen and even in uncompleted buildings.
- Snails can be kept as pet for recreational and aesthetic purposes.
- Snail shell can also be used for decoration when refined, abrasive for washing household utensils and for manufacturing things such as plates, jewelry, etc.
- Snail droppings (faeces) is a very source of organic manure for green farming (crop production).
- Snails are environmentally friendly and does not constitute any form of disturbance at all, the droppings are odourless, easily cleared and cleaned. Moreover, snail is noiseless, easy to handle and not aggressive.
- A mixture of snail’s blood and palm kernel oil in equal parts when rubbed on the body reduces the severity of stoke and severe headache (Fature, 1990). The snail blood is the bluish fluid found when the shell is broken.
- There’s a local believe that soup prepared with snail meat is good for pregnant women as it aids the movement of the baby in the womb, easy delivery and good source of iron for nursing mother.
- The shell could be used for ornamental purposes.
- The shell could be used to replace bone meal in compounding ration for other animal feeding
- Snails farming could be combined with other businesses and reared at the backyard. An existing fish farmer or poultry farmer can easily add snail farming without the existing business being affected.
- The feed are cheap and are locally sourced. They feed primarily on plants and vegetables.
- Snail meat has both local and international market value. It can be sold here in Nigeria and exported to other countries.
- Snails fit well into other farming activities helping to fertilize the soil prior to cultivation of other crops.