How snail farm­ing can thrive in Nige­ria –Ex­pert

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

Snail farm­ers in Nige­ria should switch from their old ways and rear other species that are high in de­mand out­side the coun­try, Prince Ade­wole Adeyanju, an ex­pert has ad­vised.

Prince Adeyanju, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO), Wole­gate Global Re­sources Lim­ited, noted that Nige­ria’s cli­mate is very favourable to breed snail.

He noted that the old method of breed­ing snail, the species and time spent to re­coup money in­vested in the busi­ness had made snail farm­ing unattrac­tive in the coun­try.

Speak­ing with news­men ahead of a one-day sem­i­nar on new tech­niques in snail breed­ing sched­uled to take place in La­gos, Prince Adeyanju said, cur­rently snail breed­ing did not at­tract much in­vestors be­cause of the du­ra­tion it took to re­alise money in­vested in the busi­ness.

He said the du­ra­tion of rear­ing snail in the coun­try was 25 months, and that was why banks were not en­cour­aged to give loan to snail breed­ers.

“Snail breed­ing is one in­vest­ment that can yield quick gains if the farmer un­der­stands the mod­ern tech­niques and type of species that are in high de­mand in Europe, USA and other de­vel­oped coun­tries,” he said.

Prince Adeyanju also said the snail species that Nige­rian snail farm­ers were known for were not in de­mand over­seas be­cause the flesh of these snails was too hard.

He said, “Most snail farm­ers do not know this fact. It is high time we let them know this. They need to use mod­ern tech­niques of snail farm­ing and breed pre­ferred species to earn dol­lars from over­seas.

“This is the rea­son be­hind the one-day sem­i­nar on new method of snail breed­ing, to gal­vanise the idea and sup­ply the tech­nol­ogy, as ap­plied to Nige­ria,” he said.

He stressed that the pre­ferred snail specie was in high de­mand and that it took nine months to rear and for re­coup­ing of in­vest­ment to start, adding that it had high re­turn on in­vest­ment.

The snail farmer said the Helix­as­persa Mulla specie grown in a struc­tural ‘cur­tain method’ which gave the snail the right en­vi­ron­ment to breed well, was the best, adding that the method had a zero risk level.

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