The business of running a snail farm offers Nigerian Youths who are ready to take action the opportunity to liberate themselves from the shackles of unemployment. Even if gainfully employed, this information can help create sustainable wealth on a part-time basis.
If you are looking for a business that you can start with little capital and would have you raking in significant returns within a short time, then you should really start looking into Snail farming. Do you know you can even export snails in large and small scale?
This is one of the more interesting business opportunities on the African continent.
Due to its high nutritional value, snails have become a very popular delicacy, although they are not always affordable and available all year round. Snails are also a good source of protein.
They are very popular among weight watchers because they are extremely low in calories and fat. The meat is also very beneficial to people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, cancer and people trying to recover from an injury.
Snail farming is not capital and management intensive, especially when compared to poultry and catfish farming. The feeds are readily available and you can even produce it yourself as snails feed on waste.
You can start small from your backyard and grow from there.
Challenges of Starting Snail Farming in Lagos
The opportunities in owning a snail farm far outweigh its challenges/problems. Aside the challenges of raising capital, getting a good place to rear the snails, getting their feeds and marketing your snails; the only headache you may face is the issue of pests such as ants, termites, and birds.
Once your environment is properly fumigated, fenced and with the top covered with wire mesh, you will have no problems at all. Snails rarely fall sick.
Knowledge is an important requisite for success in business, whether it is snail farming of any other business. To become a successful snail farmer, you need to know the best conditions to breed snails, how they reproduce (snails are hermaphrodites), how they feed and factors that militate against their growth.
In fact, you must know everything about snails.
After obtaining the needed knowledge about snails, you will to conduct market feasibility for your snail farm project. Some few questions a feasibility report will help you answer include:
- What are the factors militating against snail farming in Lagos?
- How much capital is needed to setup a snail farm, stock it and run it effectively?
- Where is the best place to site your farm and how close is it to the market?
- How much is a bag or basket of snail sold in your area?
- How long (months or years) will it take you to make your money back?
There are different marketing opportunities for snail farmers. You can sell them to restaurants and hotels that have the meat on their menu. Or the meat can be sold to market men or women who will buy wholesale quantities. The snails can also be processed for export.
In conclusion, snail farming is a highly lucrative business guaranteed to bring significant income within a short period.
Source: My Top Business Ideas