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How to Make Money From Snail Farming Business

Snail rearing (Heliculture) is one of the most lucrative farming businesses with huge returns on investments, yet, it is one of the most neglected farming businesses in the world today. Snail farming business is an excellent opportunity for farmers to make a good deal of income within a brief investment period. The demand for snails is very high both in the domestic and export market, why the supply is meager.

 

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Snail farming is a process of rearing or raising land snails for the primary purpose of human consumption. Snails are a healthy and as well a tasty source of nutrition; they are known to be an excellent source of protein, iron, and low in fat as well as containing virtually all the amino acids needed by the human body. Studies have shown that the glandular substances available in snails, cause agglutination of some bacteria that are valuable in the body to fight against a variety of ailments.

In West Africa, during the wet season (mostly between April and September), Snails are found lying in the bushes and can be hand-picked. But due to a high deforestation, there is a significant change in finding them. The demand for snail is increasing on a daily basis, with an inadequate supply. Rearing snails do not require a huge amount of investment, their foods are naturally available in the form of green leaves and fruits, as most snails are vegetarians. They are invertebrates with soft bodies covered with hard shells, they are hermaphrodites, meaning that they are capable of reproducing on their own without coming in contact with themselves (Male or female gamete).  

Ways You Can Make Money from Snail Farming Business  

There are numerous ways to make money from snail farming business, and few of those ways are listed below:

1.      You can source for clients overseas and export your snails, the international market for snail is very flourishing, both in Europe and in America. The annual requirement for snail in France is around 5million kg, to which 60% of it is imported from outside the country.

2.      As a small farmer, you can decide to sell your snails at any age, e.g., Hatchlings, Growers, Breeders or Table sizes.

3.      You can raise and sell nursery shelters to start-up snail breeders.

4.      You can make money by providing warehousing services to snail traders who have challenges in keeping or warehousing their unsold snails.

5.      As a small breeder, you can target eateries as well as barbecue joints for the supply of your quality snails.

6.      You can engage in-home delivery service to individual consumers

7.      Restaurants patronize quality snails; you can partner with restaurants to be their supplier. The more restaurants you supply, the more profit you stand to gain.

8.      Snail slime is used for drugs and cosmetics; you can market them to cosmetic companies that make use of snail slime for medicines and cosmetics.

9.      You can buy young or middle-aged snails from other farmers and sell them after they are fully grown.

10.  As an experienced snail farmer, you can offer advice to people who are new in the business on farm management, snail pen construction and make money as a consultant.

11.  Hotels are in a regular demand for snails to a great quantity, therefore, becoming a regular supplier of snails to the hotels at the stipulated time, will ensure a regular and steady income to you.

12.  You can open a mini fried snail joint and rake in a huge profit from running your fried snail joint.  

Why Snail Farming?

The most important factor to put into consideration when starting a snail farm is the land; you should pick a plain area with about 20 — 40% organic materials that are also fertile for plants to grow, with an advisable soil PH level of 5.8 —7.5 with calcium. You should avoid landing on clay soil, good soil is advantageous for snails and will provide them with nutrients. Their shelter must be well covered to prevent escape and must be secured against predators.

Snails are said to be the most prolific livestock that produces more than 150 eggs at a go, while some breed can produce up to 500 eggs at ones and can lay three times in a year. You can buy a lot of baby snails for a few dollars and sell them off for profit when they reach table size. A snail farmer can decide to breed five snails, and before the year runs out, he would have housed more than a thousand snails on his farm. The profit margin in snail farming business is extremely on the high side.  

Snail farming business is a slow but a very steady way of making money. It is a very lucrative business that is guaranteed to bring in a huge stream of income in a very short time. Even if it is with a few snails, you can start now, and in little time, you will be delighted you did.  

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