Snail farming in Ghana is said to be one of the most lucrative agricultural business you can start with little capital. But still, it is one of the most ignored animal rearing business in this country Ghana and other African Countries. Snail farming provides one of the profitable opportunities to make money within a short period of time.
But why are Ghanaians and Africans not yet fully engaged in this money making snail rearing business? The reason is negligence.
Snail farming in Ghana requires low capital and the working capital may be very little, compare to other animal rearing business.
Therefore, snail farming business in Ghana is a type or kind of agricultural venture that if one invests in it carefully, he/she would make a lot of profits.
You should know that the demand for snail is very high in Ghana as such the market potential of snail is inexhaustible, domestically and internationally. Snail farming which is also known as “heliculture” is not highly considered here in Ghana and put into consideration as how it is been done in other countries.
Benefits of snail farming in Ghana
1. It is very easy to run.
2. It is very lucrative and profitable.
3. It is environmental friendly.
4. They are highly productive.
5. Snails are low in fat and cholesterol.
6. Snails are highly medicinal and used for health related products.
7. It has traditional healing benefits.
8. A good export opportunity.
9. They contain iron, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium and have very low fat.
Species of snails reared in Ghana
There are three main types of snails used in snail rearing in Ghana and other countries.
The most suitable snail species for rearing are the Achatina Fulica, Achatina Achatina and the Archachatina Marginata but the Achatina Achatina is the most recommended for snail farming because of its high reproductive capacities. It can lay up to 500 eggs at once and lays eggs three times a year. The Achatina Achatina is also easy to find.