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Nigerians ignore lucrative snail farming

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By Mercy Kelani

Heliculture requires little or no capital but is very profitable.

Heliciculture or Heliculture, commonly known as snail farming, is an act of raising edible land snails either for human consumption or cosmetic purposes. This type of farming is a sustainable and profitable agribusiness in Nigeria that is ignored by many Nigerians, although it requires little investment. According to a snail farmer, Victoria Ojo-Ijelekhai, table snails cost between N500 to N600 while large snail size cost N1000 to N1500, depending on the size. Snails are reared in diverse snaileries such as boxes made from substances like wire gauze (net) and woods with consideration of the snails’ stage of development.

There are many advantages that come with rearing snails, one of which is that they are easy to export live as they have a shelf life between two to six months. Another advantage is that every snail is edible depending on the environment and community where they are being reared. It also has a merit of requiring little or no capital for beginning the business despite being a very lucrative business in agriculture due to the high demand for snail meat both locally and internationally.

Snails are low in fats, sodium and cholesterol.

Snail is a common meat in Nigeria and many parts of the world. It is considered a healthy meat because it has an healthy source of protein, calcium, phosphorus and iron; it is however low in fats, cholesterol and sodium. There are diverse species of snails, although there are three most commonly reared types, namely Achatina Achatina (also known as Giant snail or Giant tiger snail), Achatina Fulica (also called East African land snail) and Archachatina Marginata (also known as Giant West African snail).

The profitability of the business is apparent in the sense that 1,000 pieces of large snails which can be sold for N1,000 each can earn a return of 1 million naira. An important merit of heliculture is also the fact that snails can be sold at any stage of growth as snail eggs can be sold to people who are willing to venture into the business. One piece of Archachatina Marginata snail eggs, for instance, is sold for N50 and could earn a return of N100,000 when 2,000 pieces are old.

Snail foods are free gifts provided by nature.

According to Douglas Smart Chukwudi, Lagos-based founder of Stream Snail Tech, the only way to bridge the gap between demand and supply in Africa is to venture into small and large businesses. He added that consumers, being more aware of the demerits of high cholesterol in the body, increase their demands for snails. Also, the availability of snails is due to the cheap capital which snail farming business requires, unlike other types of farming – there is also low risk associated to snail farming.

Furthermore, Chukwudi affirmed that N50,000 capital or less can begin snail farming based on the size of the farm and the capital available. Daily necessities that aid successful farming are free gifts of nature, especially snail foods which include herbs, leaves or fruits. One other vital factor that is needed to operate a snail farm is water which is readily available. Aside easy accessibility to snail food, snails feed mostly on household waste. The Stream Snail Tech boss therefore advised salary earners and others to embrace heliculture as another source of income as it is not time-consuming.

Snails contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties.

In addition, although snail is a cheap but profitable agribusiness, it possesses vital health benefits as a result of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties and its ability to boost the immune system. It has been deduced that the average snail is 2.4 percent fat, 15 percent protein and 80 percent water. They are likewise rich in Vitamins A, E, K, and B12 with essential calcium, iron, fatty acids, magnesium and selenium. These nutrients strengthen the eyes, boost the immune system, grow body cells and build red blood cells.


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jdpumping
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1 year ago

Wow never knew snail farming is so profitable and snail itself having so much nutritional values more awareness needs to be done for people to really know more about it and with less capital to start it.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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1 year ago

I have known when I was small that snails have a lot of nutrients that is very good for human well being and it is a very lucrative business which requires no or little money depending on the person rearing the snail,also the shell is very good for washing teeth and the water inside works wonder.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

Despite requiring minimal capital, this kind of farming is a successful and sustainable industry in Nigeria that many Nigerians overlook. Additionally, upkeep is not very expensive. It’s a successful industry.

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

Snail farming is a very lucrative business which requires little capital to run. Snails has a number if health benefits. They are also easy to transport as they can survive in their shell for 3-6 months

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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1 year ago

snail farming is very lucrative business to do. A lot of people do really know about the business.
The nutrition value is very good

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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1 year ago

Apart from being a very lucrative business which requires no or little money depending on the person rearing the snail, and health benefits snail farming, the shell is very good for washing teeth and the water inside works wonder!

SarahDiv
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1 year ago

Snail farming is truly lucrative and can help salary earner to make extra income aside their salary. Unfortunately, many ignorantly brush it aside and tie so many myths around it.

DimOla
DimOla
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1 year ago

Heliculture refers to as snail farming is a very lucrative business which requires less effort and capital but many choose either to ignore or are not aware of it possibility to generate passive income.

Last edited 1 year ago by DimOla
Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

Even though it takes very little initial capital, this style of farming is widely disregarded by Nigerians despite being an extremely successful and sustainable form of agriculture in the country.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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1 year ago

Different types of snaileries, such as boxes built from materials like wire gauze and woods, are utilized to cultivate snails, with careful attention paid to the stage of growth that the snails are currently in.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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1 year ago

One of the numerous benefits of raising snails is that they may be easily exported live and have a shelf life of two to six months.

Haykaylyon26
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1 year ago

There is alot of profit in snail farming and as a value nutrient in it and did not need much money to start but it as huge profit. Snail provide many positive thing in health

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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1 year ago

One benefit is that depending on the climate and community in which they are raised, all species of snails can be consumed by humans.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
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1 year ago

Despite the fact that farming snails is a highly successful endeavor, thanks to the huge demand for snail meat both domestically and abroad, the business may be started with next to nothing.

Christiana
Christiana
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1 year ago

Snail farming, or heliculture, is a lucrative company that can be started with little investment and can provide a steady income, although few people realize this.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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1 year ago

In spite of the fact that it calls for only a small investment, this type of farming is a profitable and long-term sector in Nigeria, which many Nigerians fail to recognize.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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1 year ago

In Africa, the only option to close the gap between demand and supply is to expand into both small and major firms.

Bola12
Bola12
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1 year ago

Snail farms utilize a variety of cages and pens made from materials like wire gauze and wood, and the environment is tailored to the snails’ specific developmental needs.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
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1 year ago

income earners and others should choose heliculture as a supplementary source of income because it does not require a lot of time.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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1 year ago

Even if you don’t use the shell for anything else, the water inside is great for brushing your teeth, and raising snails can be a successful business that costs you next to nothing if you do it well.