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Snail Farming Manual

Snail Farming Manual

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Agrodok 47
Snail Farming
Production, processing and marketing
Dr J.R. CobbinahAdri VinkBen Onwuka
 
 
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There is no reliable documentation on when and where humans startedconsuming snails as a food supplement. In many places where snailsoccur, especially in tropical and sub-tropical areas like West and EastAfrica, natives gather snails, eat them and sell the surplus as a sourceof income.This booklet aims to provide ideas to farmers who would like to pro-duce snails on a small scale for consumption or marketing. It is notprimarily intended for entrepreneurs wishing to engage in large-scalesnail farming for the export market. Attention is focused here on threemajor species,
 Achatina achatina
,
 Achatina fulica
and
 Archachatinamarginata
, that are common in tropical areas, especially in Africa.Limiting factors to be considered for effective snail farming are dis-cussed so that farmers do not start breeding snails without consideringthe advantages and constraints.Incentive for the production of this booklet came from frequent re-quests for an Agrodok on snail farming received in returned Agrodok questionnaires. A great deal of basic information was provided by DrJoseph R. Cobbinah's practical guide on
Snail Farming in West Africa
.This was supplemented by literature and internet research, as well asthrough contacts with African experts on the subject.Agromisa, August 2008

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