By: Jack Theodore
It is possible to earn a lot of money from snail farming. However, there are certain factors that you should consider before making your decision. Some of these factors include the amount of money you can make, the profitability of your business, and the environmental friendliness of your operation.
It is no surprise that snail farming has its fair share of environmental and social pitfalls. The question then is, what is the most environmentally friendly and socially responsible way to go about it?
To answer this question, the research team surveyed twelve farmers with a small snail farming unit. These farmers, which represent more than half of the total farmer population, provided valuable insights on the best practices for setting up a successful snail farm. They also helped co-design the model.
The most obvious thing to do was to design an effective model to measure and compare the various criteria. This was done using the F-AHP approach. A separate analysis was performed for each criterions category. For example, the climatological determinants of humidity are closely coupled with snail production.
Snails are known for their rich nutritional value and are also highly desired in the seafood industry. Moreover, they are considered environmentally friendly. Their meat is low in fat and cholesterol, and is rich in calcium and iron. Therefore, they have great value for the pharmaceutical industry.
However, the growth of snails is largely dependent on the type of soil and the stocking density. High-density rearing leads to increased disease transmission and parasitism. On the other hand, a slower maturation rate can help some species survive in the wild.
The production costs of a snail farm vary depending on the substrate and the equipment used. In Cameroon, the total cost of production was about $0.4 per kg of snails.
The main expense in snail farming was labour. This represents 64% of the total costs.
There are many advantages of starting a snail farming business. It is a low risk, and can earn you lots of money. However, there are several things you need to know.
First of all, you must understand the snail breed cycle. You will also need to get some educational materials to learn how to farm and maintain the snails.
Second, you need to find out how to market the snails. If you don’t know how to market them, you can hire a food marketing expert to help you. He will identify the players in the market and determine the annual market size.
Third, you must choose the right species of snails. This depends on the region in which you live. In Africa, Achatina achatina is one of the best species for farming.
Common diets for snails
There are many types of food that snails eat. Some of them include tubers, leaves, fruits, vegetables, soil, weeds, algae, etc.
Food that is rich in calcium is important for shell development. For this reason, you can add calcium supplements to the snail’s food.
You can also feed snails fresh fruits and vegetables. However, you should avoid giving them sugar or salty foods. Salt is bad for snails as it dehydrates them and destroys their moisture content.
In addition, you should avoid giving them food that contains high amounts of chlorine. Chlorine is used in water purification and can make snails sick.
Food that is fresh and organic is a good choice for your snails. Fruits and vegetables are high in minerals and nutrients. If you want to give them a treat, you can give them watermelon.
Controlling snails in open-air facilities
Controlling snails in open-air facilities for snail farming business is crucial. There are several factors that need to be considered. These include the location of the farm, substrate type, available facilities, and the productivity of the snails.
Productivity of the snails can be increased by using a controlled environment. Keeping an eco-system in the vicinity of the snail farm is ideal. Moreover, the snails need to be fed properly. The right diet will help the snails grow faster.
To achieve this, farmers must provide consistent mating events and the proper egg distribution. They should also reduce the light intensity during the night.
Snails grow more quickly in a moist environment. It is advisable to keep the area free of weeds. Moreover, the snails will also need an easy access to water.