It is no longer a mirage that the Nigeria economic as of the time of filing this article, is seriously relying and begging on young and able bodied entrepreneurs to rise up to the task of nation building. And one of the key sector that is critical to this call is the agricultural sector of the economy.
Agricultural sector of the Nigeria economy according to statistic is going to be in the nearest future the sole bed rock of the Nigeria economical arrow head. As economist at the moment are calling for a total diversification of the economy back to Agriculture.
Based on the aforementioned, it is therefore petinent for us at Nation Development at this point in time to begin a campaign on “Going Back To Roots” and open the eyes of our readers to the vast potential and a total comprehensive tutorials of the various business opportunities available in the Agricultural sector that is begging to be explored.
One of those classical Agricultural opportunities available right away is Snail farming hence for the next couple of weeks , we will spend time to teach and also engage our readers in an interaction on various social medias platform on what they need to know about snail farming.
But by way of introduction this week our activities will only border on a total introduction to Snail Farming. And by way of introduction,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. Now haven clarified what Snail Farming is, the next thing that follows now is;
1. Achatina is a genus of medium-sized to very large, air-breathing, tropical land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Achatinidae. There are some 200 species of Achatinidae in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some species are kept as terrarium (just a fancy name for an aquarium without water) animals due to their size and colourful shells.
For the purposes of snail farming however, we will concern ourselves with only the three species of that genus that is commercial , marketable and of course profitable. They are Achatina Linnaeus, Achatina marginata and their younger brother – Achatina Fulica.
2. Breeder snails are the patriarchs and matriarchs (even though snails are hermaphrodites) of your prospective snail farm. Snails are “highly reproductive”! These breeders are 12-24 months old snails who possesses the required qualities needed to start, sustain and “successful” your snail venture.
Logical characteristics include shell health, age, species, source location, stress factors present in capturing and transporting as well as your own size of farm (estimated), location of farm and type of housing to implement. I always suggest sourcing mature adult snails from deep in the forests rather than farms.
Farms are a good way but not really the best because the forest snails have had a natural life and are usually more hardy. Snails from farms have had too much contact from ‘snail slime’ from the snail trails of other snails in the farm and this significantly reduces their fertility and overall immunity to diseases. (Snails from farms are spoilt kids.Check out ‘Density Matters‘) .
The only place you shouldn’t buy snails though are your city markets. Live snails from such markets are usually stressed and are best for eating.
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