Snail farming is what Ghana’s locals refer to as Ghana’s new gold. They’re used in everything from soups to kebabs, and Ghanaians consume some 33 million pounds of snails per year, but demand far outweighs local supply.
Giant Africa Land Snails are also growing in popularity in Kenya where one farmer harvests up to 12 thousand snails a year. One big snail can fetch up to 10 USD!
Its relatively easy to start farming snails because the process is quite quick, all you need a good piece of land, one without termite or ants as they eat the snails before they get the chance to grow. After Constructing a pen house a process of selecting a good breed of snails begins, this is done by weighing the snails, the heavier the better.
A single female can lay up to 500 eggs, the eggs are then transferred to a hatchery where they take 21 to 30 days before they hatch. The hatchlings are then covered with mosquito nets to prevent mosquitos and other insects from killing them. If your snails are bred well, they should start to reach market size from six to twelve months, although some farmers like to leave theirs for much longer.
Snails have, for a long time, been a popular and recurring item on the menus of hotels, restaurants and bars where they often feature as boiled, fried and spiced kebabs. They are also a great addition to soups and stews which are a significant part of most African dishes.
In terms of cost and time, snail farming is a low risk business. Unlike many other livestock businesses, snail farming requires very little startup and operating costs.
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