30,000 snails are capable of producing hundreds of eggs, which hatch into snails. 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 80-200 in one batch 2-3 times a year.
For instance, if I buy one snail from my supplier at N200 and put it in my farm, after three months it will grow and we can sell it for N300 or N350. In addition to that, it will lay eggs for you, so you make money from both the eggs and the appreciation of the size of the snail.”
Some people use wood, bamboo, and after one or two seasons, they can be damaged by rains. But cement, rod, galvanised wire net, can last for a very long time. But we are talking about commercial snail farming, not just snail farming.
Snail farming requires practical knowledge before venturing into the business, and this according to him, is because “snail business is knowledge base. If you do not have skills, you cannot go far and if you are involved in wrong principles, you will not do well. Skills are very important. If you do not have the skills, you can talk about snails farming for 30 to 50 years, the industry will not grow. We need to do a lot of researches.
I have done a lot of researches and I now know practically everything they like and everything they do not like. Advised those who have land, irrespective of the size, to invest on it rather than allow it to waste. “For people who have land, no matter how small, it is good to put something on it because land is an asset. I know that a lot of people have but do not know what to do with it.
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How to start Commercial Snail Farming Business in Nigeria
The report – its reason and purpose
Suitable Place and Soil
Available/Suitable snail species for farming in Nigeria
The mating process
Gestation & Laying
Hatching & Early Life
Care of eggs
Care of the Young Snails
Growing and fattening
Albinism (albino-shelled and albino-bodied)
Constructing a snailery pen
2,500 capacity Snail pen plan design
Selecting breeding snails
Diseases and Pests
Harvesting snails for growing out or pen
Tips for harvesting or transferring snails
Processing of snail meat
Operational cost for stocking 300 snails
Profit projection for 300 snails
Snail pens layout/snail capacity per pen
Frequently asked questions
SNAIL PEN CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN WITH 14 STEP BY STEP PICTURES in Nigeria
What is a Snail Pen
Why You Should Start Your Backyard Snail Farming
The need to Grow Shelter Plants
Snail pen construction/design and layout with pictures