SYSTEMS OF SNAIL PRODUCTION

  1. EXTENSIVE SYSTEM
    ADVANTAGES
  • The condition of the environment closely resembles the natural habit of snails compared to other systems.
  • Low labour and low general management input i.e. inexpensive to maintain
  • The farmer needs not purchase feed because it is already available in the snailery.
  • There is no restriction on the movement of the snails.

DISADVANTAGES OF EXTENSIVE SYSTEM

  • Little control over the performance of snails
  • It requires a lot of land compared to others of production.
  • Record keeping is difficult.
  • Poor disease management.
  • The snails are exposed to predators’ attacked (e.g. soldier ants)
  • Mortality rate could be higher than other systems.
  • Semi-Intensive System
  • The system is like the extensive system except that the snails are supplied
  • with feeds besides what is grown in the snailery
  1. INTENSIVE SYSTEM
    In the intensive System, the Snails are only fed with feeds brought to the snailery.

ADVANTAGES

  • It is good for backyard or commercials farming.
  • Record on performance of the snails can be kept.
  • There is proper control over disease and predators
  • The management practices are simple.
  • It can be practiced both in urban and rural area.
  • The growth rate could be influenced by introducing formulated ration.
  • The mortality rate is low.

DISADVANTAGES
The snails can be stolen at once because the confinement which is very difficult in extensive system because the snails are scattered

INTENSIVE SYSTEM

  • BASKET
  • TIERS OF TYRE.
  • USED DRUM
  • USED TANK.
  • LOW FENCED PEN.
  • HIGH FENCED PEN.

PLATE 5: POT
PLATE 6 : TIERS OF TYRE
PLATE 7: USED DRUM
PLATE 8: CAGE

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