Start & Grow Your Rabbit Farming Business

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Commercial rearing of rabbits, primary for sale purposes. There is great potential in rabbit farming because of the increased lifestyle change of most Nigerian families towards healthy living. This is evident by the preference of white meat than red meat and increases in the demand for rabbit meat because of it the most nutritious of all the white meats.

The market for rabbit farmers in Nigeria is relatively large but the supply is low, which gives rise to a deficit meaning higher profits can be realized. There is still growth in the rabbit meat market in Nigeria. This means the demand is increasing making it a profitable venture. Over one million tons of rabbit meat is consumed every year. Rabbit farming in Nigeria is an undertaking in the agricultural industry which is one the biggest sector of the economy. Rabbit rearing is popular amongst Nigerians and the whole of Africa, you can rear rabbits not only for meat but their fur can also be sold.

Starting a rabbit farm is not capital intensive. Depending on your start up capital budget, you can get your rabbit farm up and running in no time. One benefit of rabbits farming is that less land is required to raise them.

The profitability of your rabbit farming depends on the effectiveness of your marketing. Slaughtered and skinned rabbit can be sold to supermarkets. Rabbit meat is not yet very popular in the country but the demand is high. The market for rabbit farmers in Nigeria is mainly in large hotels and restaurants and open market.

The market earlier is very big. The price of the mature rabbit in Nigeria is largely dependent on its weight and age. The financial aspect of this venture is favorable since there is a higher return on investment and since expansion/growth is fast and the payback period is short. You can make tons of money from N20,000 to N50,000 in a day.

If you have desire for livestock farming and a great interest to sell white meat, this is a suitable business.

Rabbits are characterized by small body size, short gestation period which makes them produce offspring a lot. Rabbits have high reproductive potential, rapid growth rate, genetic diversity, and their ability to utilize forages. Rabbit meat is of high quality, high in protein and low in fat content. If you are thinking of starting a business in agriculture which will not cost you much capital, rabbitry is the best answer to your puzzle.

Adotei Brown (popularly known as ‘Farmer Brown’) quit his Civil Service job in 2002 to start his rabbit farm on a small scale with three does (female rabbits) and one buck (male). With just about 10 Ghanaian Cedis (about $3), he invested all his profits into the business. Today, his farm grows nearly 3,000 rabbits every year and slaughters up to 500 every week for sale to grocery stores, restaurants and hotels. The average price for his rabbits is about 20 Ghana Cedis (about $6) and business is booming.

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