Mistakes snail farmers make
Snail farming present such an opportunity to start an agribusiness or livestock farming with little knowledge, but it doesn’t go without mistakes, errors and wrong decisions especially among beginners.
Many snail farmers fail because of so many avoidable mistakes, some of which in the long run prove to be costly.
As much as you can comfortably set up a snail farm, you need to acquire the required knowledge to reduce costly mistakes.
These are mistakes are mostly avoidable and with time causes biggger harm to the growth of the farm.
Here are mistakes snail farmers make
It’s an obvious call for failure in snail farming to start up your farm with a detailed snail farming plan, your plan must be realistic and attainable.
Feature of a good snail farming plan
- A good snail farming plan should bear every necessary expense expected to make within the time frame of farming.
Your plan should state the amount you are willing to invest, this will be grouped into different parts, feeds maintenance, security if need be, and lots more.
- Your plan should also include your target.
This helps you to checkmate your day to day activities and expenses, it aids in determining where you are meeting up and areas loss.
A good plan involves you making a holistic research and equating it with what is realistic to you considering every necessary determinants.
A good plan is your first victory.
It is always good to start small, you will learn along as your farm develops. Unless you are running a co-operative farm or you have the necessary capital to employ workers, you have no business starting large.
Starting small gives you the time to manage and monitor your snail well, it helps you to determine how well you can perform on a large scale.
Starting small reduces stress. Always start small and grow larger not the other way around.
Lack of record keeping
I visited a snail farmer on June 2018, on interaction, I found out that he had no record of his daily activities on the farm. Automatically he doesn’t know when he is beginning to run into a loss.
Keeping a record of your daily activities and expenses in the farm gives you time understanding a wrong call or decision which could be costly, it helps to detect shortages and loss at an early time and avert it before it becomes an unsolvable problem.
Placing little or no value in Mentorship
No matter how you train yourself by reading online and offline, as a beginner, you need a mentor, someone who will be there for you, someone who will direct you on relevant issues. This single point might look unnecessary, but it is actually a big problem.
You need an experienced farmer, when I say experienced, I mean someone who has been in snail farming or studied it much and has a Good Practical Knowledge
There are times, what is obtainable in the farm is not always the same as written in books and journals, these are times you need the mentor’s experience for whatever you may face in the farm, such person has faced before.
Lack of marketing plans or strategy
Marketing is one aspect of snail farming that is very much ignored by snail farmers, this is because snails are sold in almost every local and urban markets.
A good marketing plan will position you to sell beyond the regular local and urban market, which will definitely lead to rapid growth in the profit return of your farm.
Good marketing is important
Lack of patience
Before starting out your farm, be patient enough to study about snail farming, you can do this through training, learning from experts, or reading intensively about snails.
The bottom line is to be patient enough to get yourself acquainted with all you need to know before eventually starting.
You have to be ready to always learn, mistakes must surely come, but your ability to be flexible will help you a lot.
It is right to remind you about the necessity of acquiring the right knowledge before starting a snail farming, understand the behavior of snail, their nutrition, possible health challenges and solutions, environmental requirements, and lots more.
Have you made any of the above mistakes as a snail farmer? How did you handle it? You can share with us in the comment section below, we would love to hear from you.