The Most Suitable Species of Snails

The Most Suitable Species of Snails

Biology of Snails Snails belong to a group of invertebrate animals known as molluscs. Most molluscs carry a shell. Other members of this group include slugs, mussels, squid and cuttlefish. This Agrodok concentrates on the farming potential of the giant African land snails (GALS), more specifically the species Achatina achatina, Achatina fulica and Archachatina marginata. These belong to the family Achatinidae, a diverse group of large pulmonate land snails, originally from western, eastern, and southern Africa, with long slen-der shells. Their size ranges from 3 cm to 25 cm. The…

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Comprehensive Guide on How to Plan a Snail Farming Venture

Comprehensive Guide on How to Plan a Snail Farming Venture

Agromisa’s AgroBrief No. 3, Snail Farming (M. Leeflang, 2005) provides useful guidelines for anyone considering snail farming (see also Apendix’s below: Appendix 1). A sequence of five steps is suggested: 1 Plan (market, production, organization) 2 Pilot production and sales 3 Go or no-go decision 4 Investment in facilities and know-how (cages/pens, finance, knowledge) 5 Upscaling (logistics, quality, financial control) Prescriptions: The following chapters present prescriptions for the actual farming of snails, e.g. suitable snail species, environment, housing, stock, feed and health. Caution: Before embarking on snail farming make sure…

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Major Disadvantages of Snail Farming

Major Disadvantages of Snail Farming

There is a popular saying that anything that has an advantage also have a disadvantage. I guess that saying is also applicable to snail farming as a business as it also have it’s own disadvantages. Some of the major disadvantages of snail farming business includes but not limited to the following: 1. Climate Without expensive artificial means of climate control, snail farming is restricted to the humid tropical forest zone, which offers a constant temperature, high relative humidity, preferably no dry season, and a fairly constant day/night rhythm throughout the…

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Basic Advantages of Snail Farming

Basic Advantages of Snail Farming

When trying to invest into Snail Farming as a business, some people easily get discouraged maybe because of the fact that they don’t see the need to actually go into it as a business without knowing that snail farming is actually a very lucrative business. Today, we are going to be discussing about those basic advantages of snail farming as related to environment, inputs and the meat consumption values below: Environment Snails are environment-friendly, because, unlike poultry or pigs, neither the snail nor its droppings smell offensively. Snails can also…

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