How You Can Start Snail Farming Business in Nigeria Successfully

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Yes, you can start snail farming in Nigeria and make profit and I will show you how in this simplified complete step by step snail farming for beginners guide. 

Agricultural has proven over time to be a lucrative venture in Nigeria, even though, it is still ignored in most areas in Nigeria.

 

There are various areas entrepreneurs can benefit from agriculture and one of them is snail farming business.

Snail farming in Nigeria is greatly ignored and I can assure you, it is because many aren’t exposed to how profitable this agribusiness is. 

 

The good thing about snail farming is that, you don’t need to spend hugely to start, you can start a small-scale snail farm with as low as #10,000. 

The only issue with snail farming is that, you CANNOT succeed in snail farming if you don’t have a proper snail farming knowledge.

 

I am not joking, if you don’t want to lose money in snail farming, then don’t start if you don’t have the knowledge.

 

Yes, you can quote this anywhere “before you can succeed in snail farming business, you must have the right knowledge about snail farming”.

 

You must understand how to rear snails, only then will you enjoy the profitability of the Snail Farming.

But not to worry, in this guide, I will walk you through how to start a snail farming in Nigeria with little capital.

 

“You will get all you need and more”

 

It is going to be a complete snail farming for beginners guide, every single thing you should know

 

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You will also learn how to manage your farm, how to reduce cost of starting your farm and how to locate your right market.

 

PLEASE: Relax your mind and read till the end of this snail farming for beginners guide, I am confident, you will appreciate you did, but promise, you will leave a comment of “Thank you” for me?

 

It makes me happy

 

Here is why you should invest in snail farming business.

 

Why you should start snail farming in Nigeria

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Here are the benefits of snail farming over other agribusinesses ideas, the reasons why you should start snail farming in Nigeria.

 

1.  You can start snail farming in Nigeria with little capital: Snail farming is not a high capital consuming agribusiness venture .

You can comfortably start snail  farming business in Nigeria with #10,000.

 

 

2. Snail food is not as costly as other livestock like poultry and piggery: Unlike in poultry, piggery or sheep, Snails consume a wide variety of food.

Snails eat leaves, tubers, fruits, flowers, which you can get around your area and near by market.

 

snail food

 

3. Snail Farming business is not as stressful as poultry and other livestock: No one likes stress, even stress itself don’t like stress.

 

Rearing snails is not very stressful as other livestock.

You can start at the back of your house and manage your farm comfortably.

You don’t have to always be on your farm as seen in poultry or rabbit farming.

 

4. Snails are highly prolific. Snails are hermaphrodites, which means that both male and female snails lay eggs.

 

Unlike other animals, every snail in your snail farm is a potential mother, all of them lay eggs.

Snails lay eggs in clutches; each laying clutch can produce over 15 to 30 eggs and in a year.

You can have over 6 to 8 laying clutches or more.

 

how to hatch snail eggs

 

5. Increasing demand for snail in the market: The demand for snail is largely increasing. You can check that in any market around you where they sell snails.

People are demanding for snails hugely and you know what happens when demand is high and supply is low? 

 

Price goes up.

 

The demand has grossly surpassed the supply of snail and its product in the market, making snails more expensive than they used to be.

 

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6. Snail has several nutritional benefits: Snail has a lot of nutritional benefits which ranges from rich protein content, low calories, rich minerals, low fat and vital vitamins.

Snail meat is basically the meat everyone should be on, it benefits all no matter your age.

 

nutritional benefits of snail meat

7. They are eco-friendly: Snails can be kept in any environment and nobody will know.

This is because snails are quiet animals, they do not make noise, they do not smell as well so you can rear snails anywhere you are.

 

8. Snail farming business has low risk involved: The risk of losses in snail farming business is very minimal when compared with other livestock.

All you need is to feed them properly and ensure you make the environment suitable for the snails.

 

9. Snail farming business can be done by anyone: Snail farming can be done by anyone at any place and time. 

 

Man, woman, Grandpa, Children, Pastor, Politician, Banker, small or big, it does not select gender or age, place or time. Its eco-friendly therefore can be done anywhere.

 

 

So, what do you need to start a snail farm in Nigeria and succeed?

 

Requirements for starting a snail farm

To rear snails successfully, one needs healthy breeding snails to start the farm.

A place to keep the snails and a good understanding of how to manage the snails.

 

Read Also: Latest agricultural profitability tips, sustainable farming and digital farming systems

 

Aside from that, you will need the following equipment, it is also important to note that you don’t necessarily need to buy all this equipment.

 

What I am saying is, it is not a  MUST that you have all the equipment that I will list below before you start.

You can still start your farm without any of them.

 

You can also make use of the ones you already have in the house that can play these roles or use other alternatives.

 

Important Equipment you need to start snail farming business

A snail farmer needs the following equipment to start a snail farming business. As earlier stated, none of this equipment is a must.

You can comfortably start your farm even without any of the equipment but to run a more relaxed farm, you will likely need them.

 

  • A weighing scales: For measuring the weight of your snails
  • Wheelbarrow: For moving materials like soil and other important materials on the farm.
  • Water tanks: For storing water especially in a large greenhouse snail farming system.

 

This tank is mostly needed by those who run a large scale snail farm, if you want to start a small scale snail farm.

You can always collect water from home, so you don’t need to get a tank.

 

  • Hand Trowel: This is used for digging small holes, transplanting small-sized materials and performing similar tasks.
  • Watering can: For watering your snail pen and sometimes pastures around the farm especially in extensive snail farming systems or large scale snail farms.
  • Shovel and Rake: This is used for clearing and cleaning.
  • Feeding trough: This equipment is used for feeding purposes.
  • Water trough: This is used to supply water to the snails in the snail pen
  • Hoe: For cutting, clearing and cleaning as well as digging.
  • Cutlass: For cutting, clearing and cleaning of the snail farm.
  • Bucket: This can be used for many purposes such as transporting water or soil to the pen.
  • Plastic spoon: This is used to move snail eggs out of the pen after they are laid
  • Plastic plates: This is where you put the eggs after picking them from the pen before taking them to the hatching pen.

 

Others requirements are

*A good site near the house with the right kind of soil for the snails to live and grow; This is the soil you will put inside the snail pen.

*Food for the snails.

*Shelter plants for those intending to start an outdoor snail farm and finally.

*The materials to build a snail pen (Kindly note that a snail house can also be called a snail pen or Snailery ).

 

How to start a snail farming business in Nigeria [A complete snail farming for beginners step by step guide]

 

Step 1: Get Snail Farming training 

The very first step you should take in starting your snail farming business is undergoing training.

Many intending snails farmers and beginners underrate the importance of training but let me be frank.

 

Without good training, you can hardly succeed in snail farming, you need the right knowledge, training will provide that for you.

 

Good thing is, we have prepared an Easy Step by Step Snail farming Training Guide in PDF Format for you.

This guide will provide you with all you need to know.

From getting yourself familiar with snails and their nature, behaviour and their response to their environment to understanding how to set up your snail farm.

 

Its a complete guide, we also have a support system in the guide that you can use to reach out to us for further guidance and aid.

To download the guide, click on the button below 

 

I advise you to read this work first, you can download the guide at the end of this post, it is also there, this will help you not to miss what you suppose to learn now.

 

Download the Step by Step Snail Farming Training guide here 

 

Step 2: Study your environment

This is like a preparatory survey, it is aimed at understanding whether or not your environment is suitable for the survival of snails.

Secondly, you try to understand what the people’s view is about snail farming. Is snail farming allowed in your locality?

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Snails feeding in their pen

 

There are areas where rearing snails is forbidden due to religious reasons.

It is not advisable to situate your snail farm in that kind of area to avoid the destruction of your farm by the people.

Other factors to consider here include

  • Accessible road: If you are running a commercial snail farm, your customers may need to visit your farm.

This means that there will be a need for a good road for easy to and fro movement on the farm.

 

  • Security: it is not enough to set up your snail farm, you must ensure that your farm is secured.

You must check how secured the area you want to set up your farm is before starting your snail farm.

This is to prevent invaders and hoodlums from destroying or robbing you of your snails.

 

Step 3: Choose a suitable snail farming system

There are two main systems of snail farming. These are Indoor and Outdoor systems.

Let’s discuss them separately 

 

1. Indoor System of snail farming

In the Indoor system of snail farming, the snails are raised indoor in pens or boxes like the Hutch box or trench pen, drums, old tyres and cans.

 

Here, the owner cares for the snails, provides all their need from their food (such as a mixture of fresh fruits, calcium, vegetables) and other food materials.

This system places on the owner the responsibility of temperature regulation by maintaining snail farming favourable temperature.

snail farming at home

 

Remember that snails don’t like harsh weather so, in most cases, the owner uses banana leaves and other materials to cover the snail pen to avoid harsh weather.

 

The owner also ensures regular cleaning of the pen, it can be done twice a week depending on the choice of the owner.

He also maintains the general health of the snails.

 

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The system requires little space as the snails could be raised even in trays placed on shelves on the walls, hutch boxes among others.

Below are more examples of indoor snails farming

 

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Types of snail farming

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2. Outdoor snail farming System

In the Outdoor snail farming system, snails are raised on pastures outdoor.

They are not confined in a room, building or boxes rather.

 

This system is modified in a way that the snails are confined outdoors in an enclosure and fed both synthetic and natural diets.

Here, the activities of the snails are Not totally controlled by the owner.

The farmer has very little management role to play over the performance of the snails.

 

The snails move about feeding on natural food materials. You can find this system in Greenhouse snails farming and Extensive snail farming systems.

See an example of Outdoor snail farming in the video below

 

 

Step 4: Select a suitable site for your snail farm.

A prospective snail farmer must choose a suitable site for his farm.

One thing you must note about starting a snail farming business is that snails don’t perform well under harsh weather conditions.

 

They don’t also perform well in extremely cold conditions. Snail requires moderate weather conditions and space.

Your backyard, indoors or compound is good for snail farming depending on where you live. 

You have to choose a site that is suitable for snail farming, it’s not always about how beautiful the site looks, the most important thing is that it is suitable for snail farming.

 

Other factors that you should consider before choosing a particular site include.

 

  • Location of Farm: The snail farm should preferably be located close to the farmer’s house.

In this way he will be able to watch his snail regularly, detect any problem early, protect them from their enemies and take care of them easily.

 

There should be adequate space for future expansion.

Soil Type: The soil you will put in the snail house should be Sandy-Loam soil.

It should be rich in humus and other decaying plant and animal materials, organic matter and supports vegetation.

 

It should not be waterlogged, not acidic and do not contain any form of salt.

Snails do not enjoy hard soils nor do they live in very porous soils because they cannot dig into hard soils. 

 

When collecting the soil you will put in the snail pen, take note of these qualities.

  • The land Shape: The shape of the land is only important in outdoor snail farming.

If you are using boxes like Hutch boxes, trench pens,  tyres or cans, the shape of the land doesn’t matter.

You don’t have to worry about it.

 

But if you are doing outdoor snail farming, the shape of the land will be needful, the shape of the land should be flat.

This is important to the wellbeing of your farm, flat level land is suitable.

Sloppy lands make it hard to manage your farm, walking on the farm won’t be stress-free as the shape isn’t flat to walk on.

 

The site should be covered with shades and moderately moist.

  • The moisture content of Soil: Snails prefer moderately wet soil, you should avoid very wetlands and lands prone to flooding in the rainy season.

That is if you are doing outdoor snail farming but if you are doing indoor snail farming avoid putting wet soil in the pen.

 

Your snails need water because snails usually seal off their aperture and go into hibernation during the dry season (hot times) unless a continuous supply of moisture is guaranteed.

Planting shelter plants like banana/plantain can help provide the necessary conditions needed for the survival and production of your snails outdoor.

 

If you are doing indoor (use of hutch boxes, Cans, Trench pens, cemented blocks or Drums).

You need to make sure that the moisture content of the soil in the snail pen is moderate

  • Wind Direction: Understanding the climatic condition of the place is important for snails. Snails are easily affected by unfavourable climatic conditions.

They dehydrate easily. (The wind direction is only important if you are doing outdoor snail farming).

 

Snail farms should be situated in areas that are well protected from the wind.

Strong winds during the snail growing season are bad for snails because they lead to dehydration and subsequent drying up of snails.

 

The site should not obstruct wind movement to avoid wind effects. To prevent dryness, your snail house should be situated out of wind direction.

  • Temperature and Humidity: Snails are cold-blooded animals and therefore sensitive to change in atmospheric humidity and temperatures of their area of residence.

 

Snails, therefore, prefer a habitat that is neither too hot nor cold (moderate type of temperature).

When the temperature is too hot or too cold, the snails withdraw into their shell just like they do when they sense any danger.

This is called hibernation. Snails produce best on temperatures of about 20 – 25°C.

So, maintaining a moderate temperature is important especially in outdoor snail farming.

 

Don’t forget you can get our snail farming training guide by clicking below

 

Download the Step by Step Snail farming PDF training guide 

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Step 5:  Build a suitable snail house

The type of snail house you will build can be small or large depending on how many snails you want to raise.

For a beginner, it is better you start small and grow over time.

 

If you start small, you will need fewer materials and fewer snails for this.

As you become more experienced in snail farming, you can build a bigger pen and get more snails to raise.

 

Important factors you should consider while building your snail farm includes

  • A type of snail farming system you want: Like earlier stated, you can practice either outdoor or indoor.
  • Outdoor requires more space while indoor requires lesser space.
  • Available space: The space available to you, if you want to start your snail farm indoor

You can engage in a backyard snail farm, here you don’t need much space.

  • Available capital: This is the amount of money you want to spend setting up your farm.

If you have good capital to invest, you can construct an outdoor snail farm but with little capital.

You can get a hutch box and start your farm with it and grow from there.

  • Desired size of farm: This is how big or small you want your farm to be and the number of snails you desire to keep.

 

Your snail house must be spacious, well-protected to ensure insect-free, inside of your pen must be moist, not waterlogged.

Here is an example of a hutch box you can construct.

snail house

 

Your snailery (Snail house) must be kept clean, it must be easily accessible for your day-to-day activities in your snail farm.

For small-scale snail farming, you can use old tyres or small boxes like the one below.

 

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Box snail house

 

If you have a bigger space, you can construct a bigger pen, Snail loves the dark and cool environment.

You can choose any of the systems of raising snails and build your snail house to suit your choice.

To learn more on how to construct your own snail house, click the link below.

 

Read also: How to build a quality snail house with little capital [A Complete guide for Beginners]

 

Your target is to create an environment that is similar to the natural snail environment.

See more snail farming house pictures below.

 

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Here are more pictures of snail farms in Nigeria, you can construct a lookalike of any of them.

Construct the one that will suit your available land space and budget.

 

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Step 6: Get a viable species of snail for your snail farm.

The first thing you have to note in sourcing for your breeding stock is that the success of your snail farm depends in part on the quality of your foundation stock.

 

If you start your farm with snails that are not healthy, you will definitely run into a loss, they stand a high death risk.

You are therefore advised to choose your breeding stock based on the following characteristics.

 

  • The snails must have good health history: The health history of the snails should not be questionable. If the snails are of bad health history, their productivity will definitely be below expectations.
  • Good strong shell: Snail shells are used for protection, they guard the snails against their enemies.

 

Snails with cracked shells or thin shells are not good and therefore should not be selected to start your snail farm.

  • Grown Snails: As a beginner, you should choose only grown (Point of lay) snails as starting stock.

 

The reason is that they are hardier and would produce eggs and baby snails earlier than immature ones.

  • Snails that fill their shell: There are many reasons why a snail will not fill its shell and sickness is one of them.

 

It can also be a result of loss of water due to harsh weather.

It is therefore advisable that as a beginner, you should choose only snails that fill their shells to avoid picking sick snails.

 

  • Large Snails: If you want to make more profit from your snails farming business then think large snails.

The larger snails of any type of snail will be more profitable in the market, they also appear healthier and lay more eggs than smaller looking snails.

As a farmer, you should choose the largest of the fully grown snails of the type of snails you want to rear.

 

  • Same Kind of Snail: The beauty of starting with the same kind of snail is that you don’t have to worry about giving them selective care.

Therefore, as a starter, the same kind of snail should be selected for the snail farm. You can start with any of the land snails.

 

Secondly, Ensure you get your snails from a trusted agent

When sourcing for your snails, you wouldn’t want to buy from the market.

You don’t know how long these snails have been with the owner before they were brought to the market.

 

Where to buy snails for farming in Nigeria 

You can get your snails from a farmer who is reselling them. From a trusted agent, farmer, or an established snail business owner.

All these are viable, but the best environment to get your snail is naturally from the bush.

 

How to start a snail farm

 

How to pick snails from the bush

Clear a little portion of land during raining season in the bush (mostly mini forested areas with very cool temperatures).

During the evening time, spray sweet fruits like Pineapple, Pawpaw, Plantain, Banana, on the cleared piece of land.

 

Go back there when it’s dark, you are likely to pick Snails suitable for rearing. Continue going there until you get enough quantity for rearing.

If you use this method to source your snails, you won’t spend much money on starting your snail farm.

 

You only need to build the cage for your snails and get the snails FREE from the bush using the above method. “Not too many expenses involved”.

Here are the species of snails to look out for when sourcing for your snails.

 

Best Snail species for Snail Farming

 

The popular species of economic interest in the West African Giant Land Snails. The Giant African Land snails are the best and most common species found in Africa.

 

It comprises of the Achatina AchatinaAchatina Fulica and Archachatina marginata.

They are the best for farming, they are prolific and can withstand harsh conditions.

 

  • The Achatina Fulica 

Achatina Fulica

This species of snail is the smallest among the three. It is reddish-brown in colours and has weak yellowish vertical markings.

 

This colour depends on the environment and diet. They are prolific and lay big sized eggs.

  • Archachatina marginata

Achatina Marginata.
Archachatina Marginata. Photo credit:Arapel Farms

This is the biggest of the three, they can grow to 120mm in shell length.

They lay the least number of eggs among the three, but they are the fastest-growing of the Giant African Land snails.

 

  • Achatina Achatina

Achatina, Achatina

This Species is popularly called the giant Ghana Snail. It is also known as the giant tiger land snail.

The good thing about this species is that it is a very profitable breeder.

This is the best for snail farmers because it has a higher-yielding capacity. But for large sizes, Marginata is the best.

 

Step 7: Prepare your snail pen

 

How to prepare your snail pen

You only see snails in a cool environment, that is the nature of snails. When building your snail house, you must bear that in mind.

Once you are done constructing your snail pen, (For those doing indoor snail farming), place the hutch box (if you constructed a hutch box) where you want your snail farm to be.

 

If you did trench pen, whichever one as long as it’s any of the indoor types.

Fill the floor of the pen (at least 1/3 per cent of the height of the pen) with sandy-loam soil.

Treat the soil before filling the pen with it. You can learn how to treat the soil for snail farming by clicking below

 

Read also: How to effectively treat the soil for snail farming [A step by step guide for all Snail Farmers] 

 

In most cases, snail gets an appreciable quality of calcium from the soil they live on. Snail also lays its eggs in the soil and drink water from there too.

 

After treating the soil, reintroduce the treated soil into the pen. Apply clean water to the soil to increase the moisture content of the soil.

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You should be wary about smaller insects like ants and termites. The area can be fumigated to prevent insect attacks.

 

Read also: Six costly mistake snail farmers make that every intending snail farmer must avoid

 

Condemned engine oil can also be used to make demarcation with the oil going around the snail pen. Place the pen very well for hutch box farmers.

Note: Avoid Clay soil or any Acidic and Salty soil.

 

Step 8: Introduce your snails into the pen

After treating, reintroducing the treated soil into the pen and applying water on the soil.

Ensure the water is not much. You can ensure that the water is not much by simply packing the soil with your hand.

 

Fold your hands, the soil will form a mould shape on your hand. Throw the soil up, if it falls and scatters closely, then the moisture content is moderate.

If it, on the other hand, falls and do not separate, then the moisture content is too much.

 

Introduce your snails immediately you get the moisture content right.

It is advisable to provide sheds and mulch your pen after introducing your snail.

You can use fresh leaves to mulch your pen to regulate the temperature.

 

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On one side of the pen, the feeding tray will be situated alongside the watering can.

Snails will come out of their shades at night to feed and go back to the shade early in the morning.

Cover the snail pen once you are done introducing the snails.

The cover should be made of a net strong enough to prevent insects and termites from entering the pen.

 

Step 9: Properly feed and manage your snail.

Allow me to remind you again in this snail farming for beginners guide that; food is just as important to snails as it is to humans.

 

I am sure you don’t like staying hungry, I don’t too, I can hear snails say the same thing, no one loves hunger, not even snails.

 

Snails feed mainly on leaves, fruits, flowers, tubers, and household waste (peels of fruits and tubers like pawpaw, pineapple, yam, and potato).

 

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Plants that have hairy leaves or produce toxic chemicals are not good for snails.

Snail needs a regular supply of calcium and phosphorus for shell formation, good health, and maximum production.

Calcium for snails
calcium for snail

 

Snails need calcium to grow shells, therefore, Calcium should be provided. Calcium can be gotten from eggshells or bought in the market.

 

Snail feed on green leaves, fruits, vegetables, flowers, tubers and can utilize other ranges of foods.

Leaves like: Cocoyam leaves, Pawpaw leaves, Cassava leaves, eggplant leaves, cabbage cucumber leaves.

 

snail food

 

Fruits like: Tomatoes, Pears and Oil Palm fruit, Cucumber. While growing, Mango, eggplant, and pawpaw are all snail food.

Snails also eat tuber crops like yam, cocoyam, and sweet potato.

 

Read also: What do snail eats and drink? [A Complete guide on Snail food and How to feed snails]

 

Agric by-products like corn by-products, soybean, palm kernel cake, peel of plantain, banana, fresh maize chaff.

 

Step 10: Protect your snails from pests and diseases.

Reportedly, Insects and pests are snail killers, their tiny nature makes it hard for them to be noticed

If given room to thrive, they come into your pen, multiply in numbers and massively attack your snails.

 

You can prevent that by closely monitoring the pen. Keep your pen out of reach of children.

Cover the top of the pen with a well-constructed net and wood, metal or any other capable material.

 

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Ensure you fumigate around the pen from time to time. Always remove leftover food materials.

Dig a line around the snail pen and apply condemned engine oil on the line.

 

This is not a scientific finding but it has reportedly worked in keeping insects away from the snail, so it won’t be a bad idea if you do the same.

Do not feed the snails decayed or rotten food materials. Carry out cleanup in the pen at regular intervals.

I am very sure your snails will be fine if you maintain the above measures.

 

Step 11: Provide adequate care for the snails.

Great, this snail farming for beginners guide won’t be complete without talking about providing quality care for the snails.

 

Generally, snails are more productive when taken care of, ensure you provide your snails with regular needs.

*Watch them carefully to see that they are eating well.

*Give them the right type of food in adequate quantity.

 

For outdoor farmers, on dry days, water the ground daily. Always water in the evening.

Ensure that the soil is moist and not wet, snails do not appreciate wet soils.

They only love it moist. During the dry season, when plants do not grow, snails dig into the ground to rest.

 

They should not be watered at this time, otherwise, the snails come out of the ground when they should not.

The snails breeding season in most countries corresponds to the period of the rainy seasons.

Luckily, snails don’t require much, they are not task-demanding. You just need to make them comfortable and they will live fine.

 

Step 12: Harvest your snails.

How can I harvest snails?

“When is snail good for harvesting” is a regular question in snail farming,

Snail matures from six (7) to eight (10) months of breeding when managed and maintained very well.

 

snail

 

It is not advisable to harvest your snails before they reach maturity.

When mature, the brim of a snail shell becomes thicker and harder than other parts of the shell.

Do not harvest all the mature snails at once for marketing.

You should try to keep a few to stock your snail farm for the continuity of your farm.

 

How to Harvest snails

For outdoor snail farmers, there will certainly be vegetation in your snail farm, sometimes your snails hide under the cover of vegetation.

So the easiest time to find the snails is when the plants are wet (after it has rained) or at night when there is dew and they are moving about eating.

You harvest your snails with your hands by picking them one after the other.

 

The farmer can also put in some of the food that snails like (e.g. ripe pawpaw) and when they come out to eat, the farmer can collect them.

When harvesting your snails, carefully handle them, put them in a container such as a basket, net sack or box, avoid breaking their shells.

Too many snails (more than 1Okg) should not be put in one container otherwise those at the bottom would be injured.

 

How to prepare your snail for the market

If you harvested your snails for consumption, you need to clean and extract the snail.

You can sell the shells or use them for calcium production for breeding more snails. but if you harvested to sell.

You should clean the snails ensure that the shell is not touched (broken), before taking them to the market.

You can also store them if you aren’t going to the market yet.

 

But it is better you don’t harvest them if you are not ready to take them to the market.

Snails could be stored alive in containers filled with materials such as sawdust or chipped maize husks for as long as 6- 8 weeks.

 

Step 13: Market and sell your snails.

You can’t learn how to start a snail farm without talking about the snail market.

The snail is generally scarce during the dry season, the scarcity leads to the market being starved of an adequate supply of snail.

 

Even in wet seasons, the supply is not enough due to the very little number of snail farmers.

As a consequence, snails can fetch much higher prices during the dry season (December to March) when supply often does not keep up with demand.

Sails may go on break during the dry seasons, but the human appetite for its taste always retains and continues to grow throughout the year.

 

Due to the steadily growing demand for snails, it makes a lot of sense to take maximum advantage of this market when the supply of snails is significantly short.

You can sell your snails to other snail farmers, you can also sell to restaurants, hotels and individuals.

 

snail farming business

 

There is also an export opportunity in the snail farming business, but it’s rarely been explored so far.

 

Snail farming in Nigeria how lucrative?

How profitable is snail farming is a regular, Snail farming is very lucrative.

How lucrative snail farming has never been in doubt, below is a picture showing how high in demand snails are currently.

 

How profitable is snail farming in Nigeria?

 

Unlike before, a lot of persons now eat snail meat. In addition, other snail products such as its shell are also used for industrial purposes.

This is has made snail farming lucrative and the demand will keep increasing as long as they become more useful.

Another good part is that raising snails is not as fund consuming as other livestock, so, you invest less and gain more.

That’s the beauty of snail farming business.

 

Summary of how to start snail farming in Nigeria: The snail farming for beginners guide 

 

Conclusively, Snail farming business is certainly profitable, to farm snails.

You need to understand how the snail responds to its environment, start on a small-scale level, and add as your farm grows.

 

Snail farming is easy, the tricks to making a good profit are simple and easy to put into practice as well.

It’s almost risk-free as they hardly record mortality unless when not managed well.

Never hesitate to talk to other farmers whenever you notice any abnormal changes in your farm.

You can join snail farming groups online.

 

Don’t forget to check the security level of the area you want to situate your farm before starting your farm.

I will advise you to follow the guide and not skip any steps.

 

They are all important and will contribute your the successful setting up of your farm.

It is also important you get our Easy step by step Snail Farming PDF Training guide, it provides you with all you need. You can get it below

 

Download the Step by Step Snail farming PDF training guide 

 

So, will you be investing in snail farming? 

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