Major Disadvantages of Snail Farming

Seasonal and Daily Management Practices for Snail

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 artificialmeans of climate control, snail farming is restricted to the humid tropicalforest zone, which offers a constant temperature, high relative humidity,preferably no dry season, and a fairly constant day/night rhythm throughout theyear.

2. Cultural restrictions

Snail meat is considered adelicacy by some, whereas others will not even touch it for religious orcultural reasons.

3. Growth

Snails are relativelyslow-growing animals. Furthermore, the consumable meat makes up only 40%(maximum!) of the snail’s total live weight. Consequently, snail farming is nota way to make money quickly!

4. Snails as a Pest

Snails that have escaped froma farm or been dumped by a farmer, may quickly develop into a serious pest inagriculture and horticulture.

For these reasons it must beemphasized that snail farming should be seen as only one component in adiversified farming venture. How-ever, with patience, good management andcareful integration into existing farming activities, snail farming can providesubstantial longer-term rewards.

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