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Snail farming is the process of raising land snails specifically for human use, either to use their flesh as edible escargot, or more recently, to obtain snail slime for use in cosmetics, or snail eggs for human consumption as a type of caviar. Snail meat has been consumed by humans worldwide since prehistoric times. It is high in protein (12-16%) and iron (45-50 mg/kg), low in fat, and contains almost all the amino acids needed by humans. A recent study has also shown that the glandular substances in edible snail meat cause agglutination of certain bacteria, which could be of value in fighting a variety of ailments, including whooping cough.

In urban areas, snails can be sold directly to consumers or to wholesale traders or retailers. Snails can be smoked and stored for sale during the off-season when prices are highest. Nigerian snail prices in the wet and the dry seasons (2 US $ = N721.50 in 2016) Shells are often cited as a potential additional source of income from snail breeding, more specifically their sale to souvenir shops. A single snail is sold to restaurants for over N500 each, and directly to consumers at more than N600 each, which translates to a huge profit. Imagine you selling 200 snails per day at the price of N500 this amounts to N100,000.

The snail rearing business is extremely easy to start. The startup capital requirements are low, and there are no regulatory requirements for entry. It is also relatively easy to get your customers. However to be really successful in this market you need good training. Breeding of snails indoors in a climate-controlled environment makes it easy. In terms of cost and time, snail farming is a low-risk business.

The profitability of your snail rearing depends on the effectiveness of your marketing. Customers are available in nearby areas, close to your home, fast food restaurants and superstores will be your regular customers. Individual word of mouth marketing will also boost your business

Presently, more than 90 percent of the snails supplied to our local markets are picked from the forests. While this has been the traditional supply source, our growing population and rising rural to urban migration rates make it unsustainable. During dry season your potential profit can be up to N150,000 in a month. one acre can produce 10 tons of snails a year, with a potential net profit of N100,000

It easy to do this business and it does not require much time and energy. It can be run from your backyard (if you have a sizeable one) or on that piece of land wasting away in your neighborhood or village.

Snails multiply really fast laying and it can lay up to 100 eggs in one go. Because snails are hermaphrodites (have both male and female sexual organs), they get to mate easily throughout the year. This high reproduction rate makes snails business to be very lucrative and profitable.

Ademolu Onabajo from Lagos (Nigeria), who started his snail activity five years ago with 4 snails offered by his mother. Today, his production is exported to Europe, America and Asia.

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