Factors to consider before starting your snail farm
AMP 2018 findings shows that over 40% of snail farmers started snail farming because they heard it’s profitable, 18% for leisure, 13% because they seem to find snails around their area and found pleasure in keeping them whichever reason you are into or want to go into snail farming.
There are factors you must consider before setting your farm, these factors when put in place prepares the road for success for you as a farmer, same way it compromises your chances when you ignore them.
Snail farming is best done when you acquire the necessary knowledge. This can be achieved through training, seminars, research or practical learning. A good and understanding mentor or one acting in this capacity will also be important.
Snail farming is quite different from other aspects of animal husbandry.
It requires understanding the behaviors of a snail, how they respond to climatic changes, feeding patterns and food types, possible health challenges and solutions, environmental requirements, and so on.
All these contribute to what one should look out for before starting a snail farm.
Here we will discuss the factors to consider before starting your snail farm
These factors are based on our findings, experiences, and reports from visits to different snail farms. The first one to consider is Environmental factors
Factors to consider before setting up your snail farm
This is one of the most important factors to consider before setting up your snail farming, snails are very selective when it comes to environmental needs.
Snails love cool and moderate weather ranging from 24 to 30 degree Celsius, moderately moist soil and protections against sun. Weather condition, direction of the sun, soil topography or shape are all important environmental factors to consider. A proper choice of environment is a good start to productive snail farming.
Examine the soil and make sure, its snail rearing suitable soil
This is also under environmental factors but because of its importance, we have chosen to highlight it here.
You risk killing your snails if the soil is not suitable for snail survival.
It is important to choose a good and suitable soil for rearing your snail. Snail gets more quality of calcium from the soil than from what it consumes. Lays its eggs in the soil and drink water from there too.
Therefore, the suitable soil for snail rearing is sandy-loamy. This sandy-loamy soil must have a low water holding capacity.
Avoid Clay soil or any acidic soil for snail farming since snail requires some soil chemical.
You certainly wouldn’t want to risk all you have suffered for, you have no business setting up your farm in an unsecured area, once you can’t be guaranteed of the security of your farm, change your location.
Choose a very secure area for your farm.
Consider your target Market
Believe me, one of the best thing you will do for yourself before setting up your farm is studying what the demand for snail looks like in your area, this applies to every business, you don’t just set up a business that people are not asking for.
What is the demand like, if they do not need snail, what about neighboring communities, do they demand it?
If they do, is there any way you can be transporting to such areas without spending all your profit on transportation, how is the ease of movement?
There is a lot you have to consider here and carefully considering all that will be of great help to you.
Understanding the market demand for snail is a great step because the market determines your success.
Note that no matter what you produce, no matter how great it is, no matter how big they are, the peoples’ demand for your products determines how you succeed so this should be of great importance to you.
“As a beginner, you should be looking to start little and expand as your farm grows. Don’t just jump into a large scale unless you have the required resources to manage it, you already know, you need workers if you must engage in large scale snail farming, but for this work.
The above is a quote from our previous post, the good time about starting small is that it gives you enough time to manage your farm and not get overwhelmed.
- If you are starting small which we encourage you to do, you have to put down all your expected cost, write every necessary thing down before stepping out to buy anything.
- If you are going for a large scale, make sure you put everything down too.
Keeping record of your daily activities (especially income and expenses) is a good practice in animal production, it aids in monitoring your farm activities, determining growth and loss.
Now take, for instance, you want to start with 100 snails, you have to put it down, write the possible cost of each based on your findings that’s if you are going to buy from the market, of course some get theirs from neighboring bushes, the more you document your activities, the better you go.
Always keep a record of your activities on the farm.
How to source for snail
This is one important aspect of your snail farming because the source of your snail will determine the productivity at the end of the day.
When sourcing for your snail, we will advise you don’t just buy from anyone, you have to get a trusted marketer, that’s the only way you can know when and how long these snails have stayed with them.
If for instance, you buy from someone whose snails have stayed with for days or weeks, this could be harmful because she may have not taken care of them properly, the productivity of your snail maybe be affected by this.
If you can, the best way to get your snail is in the nearby bush by yourself, but if you can’t make sure you buy from a trusted agent. Don’t forget that their exposure to sunlight after they have been brought to the market affects their fertility the last factor on our list is;
This is also important. You have to consider it there is a good means of transporting your products to your target consumers, cities, or markets where there is a high demand for snail. Put in place a good plan on how to get to everyone who may need your snail.
Everyone matters. Remember that the more persons you have on your list the more sales you make so consider every possible person. Take your time to find every necessary person. It will expand your market and farm.
I must make it clear that considering these factors before setting up your farm isn’t a guarantee that you will do well, these are preparatory measures that will position you for growth.
Your decision and how well you carry out your day to day activities on the farm after setting up your farm play a key role in the growth of your farm.
The above factors if followed will be of great importance to you and help you reduce early struggles. Let’s know your thought about all the factors listed above. We would love to hear from you.