When you see snails stick to a tree stump, hide under stones or leaves, what impression do you have of them? When you see them displayed in the open market, do you view them as one of those edible animals meant for the soup pot?
Many people see snails here and there. Some people take it as meat. But quite a number don’t know how to go about rearing them. This is made worse because snails, which belong to the family of animal called MOLLUSCA, is hermaphrodite. It has both the female and male sexual organs; so one cannot really distinguish between the male and female specie of it.
Many who are into snail farming in Nigeria are also not willing to let others know about the farming methodology and the secret of the business.. The techniques are often shrouded in secrecy. But the plain truth is that snail farming and snail rearing is as easy as ABC. I know this because I have involved in the rearing of snail. I know the language of snails for over six years I have been interacting with them.
The only thing the snails may constantly demand from you is your time and care. They hardly fall sick because there is no establish disease featured during my involvement for over six years now. You don’t have to buy their food and you may not have to spend much to create an abode for them. The beauty of it all is that the snails reproduce rapidly. They are capable of producing hundreds of eggs, which hatch into hatchlings. It is now possible to produce 1,000,000 snails worth more than N5 million twice a year. This is made possible because of the availability of very highly prolific ACHATINA ACHATINA species of snails, which lay 200-400 in one batch 2-3 times a year.
Now that Nigeria’s economic is gradually shifting toward full participation in agriculture and moving away from total dependence on government for job to self-employment or government also dependence on crude oil, one such attractive area of farming for self-employment is snail rearing. It is a great money-spinning business that can provide a substantial source of protein to complement Nigerian carbohydrate meals. Sadly Nigerians inclination to go into business in the fields where thousands have already made their fortune has led to the total neglect of this lucrative area of snail farming in Nigeria or export at international market.
Agricxpress, as parts of our contributions to bring to your notice the report of opportunity in agriculture section, we shall bring to you the opportunity we discover in the snail business. Stay glue to us as we reveal this very soon.