10 ways you can make money investing in Heliculture

Heliculture is still a fresh and growing business in the Nigeria agricultural sector but its constant growth as really been amazing so many people are investing into snail farming due to its low start-up capital, and high yield and returns snail. Here are amazing reasons why you should invest in Heliculture:
• Income can be generated in heliculture as a breeder, snails could be sold at any age depending on the choice of the farmer/breeder.
• You can make money by raising and selling hatchling to start-up snail breeders. Read More


If you rear snail in marketable quantity, Hotels, fast food restaurants such as
Genesis fast food, Mr Biggs, Tantalizers, etc. will be your regular customers. They will only need your guarantee of regular supply per week. There is also good market for snail meat in the international market if only you can do a good packaging. You can make millions of naira from this vast and unlimited market. Snail farmers are making huge profit as the global demand for the delicacy increases.

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This is the combination or mixture of two or more feed ingredients (maize, groundnut cake, fish meal, soy bean meal, oyster shell, and bone meal) at different proportions to meet the particular need (growth, maintenance, reproduction) of a specific animal using locally available feed resources at lowest possible cost.
  • It improves performance of the snail.
  • It can be used to meet the specific requirement of the animal.
  • It can be easily measured.
  • It saves time and energy.
  • It is good for commercial production of snail.
  • It can be stored for longer period.
  • Knowledge of simple arithmetic is required.
  • It is expensive.
  • Milling machine is required.

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Snail Feeds and Feeding
Snails need carbohydrates for energy, and protein for growth. In addition they require calcium (Ca) for their shells, as well as other minerals and vitamins. Snail meat is low in crude fibre and fat. Snails mainly feeds on green leaves and fruits though they can utilize other ranges of foods. Feed your snails leaves, fruits, or even formulate from the feed mill. Aside from food to grow tissues, snails need calcium to grow shells.
Snail Feeding Materials
Leaves: Cocoyam leaves, pawpaw leaves, okra leaves, cassava leaves, eggplant leaves, cabbage and lettuce leaves.
Fruits: Mango, eggplant, pawpaw, banana, tomatoes, oil palm fruits, pears. and cucumber.

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Ignorance has been a factor that has contributed to the neglect of heliculture (snail farming business) start up in Nigeria. Do you know that snails are now being sold in many stores and supermarket? A lot of people are now buying and consuming snails in most of the developed countries.
After you must have read this article, you should be fully interested establishing snail farming. I have tried my best to make it easy. If you need my comprehensive and affordable Practical Ebook Guide on Heliculture, I have included how you will get the Ebook (pdf format) at the end of this article.
I will try to be as comprehensive as possible with this article so that you can get going after reading it, and as people starts commenting – asking questions and adding what they know about snail farming, the information here would be more enriched for everyone’s benefit.

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Heliculture System Of Production

Basically there are two system of management in Heliculture. These include:

  • The condition of the environment closely resembles the natural habit of snails compared to other systems.
  • Low labour and low general management input i.e. inexpensive to maintain
  • The farmer needs not purchase feed because it is already available in the snailery.
  • There is no restriction on the movement of the snails.
  • Little control over the performance of snails 
  • It requires a lot of land compared to others of production.
  • Record keeping is difficult.
  • Poor disease management.
  • The snails are exposed to predators’ attacked (e.g. soldier ants)
  • Mortality rate could be higher than other systems.
  • Semi-Intensive System
  • The system is like the extensive system except that the snails are supplied
  • with feeds besides what is grown in the snailery

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Choosing Foundation Stock

   The most reliable way of obtaining foundation stock is from known breeders, or from agricultural institutes. Such parent snails might be more expensive than snails from other sources, but they are better and safer because they have been properly fed and managed from hatching, and have not been damaged during collection and subsequent handling. Once the snail farm is established, farmers should select breeding stock from their own snails. Breeding stock must be selected in the wet season preceding aestivation.

It is recommended to use sexually mature snails, weighing at least 100-125 g, as first breeding stock. Farming should preferably start at the onset of the wet season, because that is the time snails normally start to breed. Snails are active at night and on cloudy or foggy mornings. During the day they tend to keep well hidden, so it is best to collect them at night or early in the morning, when the sun is low and the humidity high.

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Firstly what is Heliculture? Also known as snail farming, is the process of raising land snails specifically for human use. So much is yet to be tapped from commercial snail farming. The market is large considering the high demand for a meat low in cholesterol with high concentration of protein; calcium and other vital nutrients. Snail is very medicinal. In recent times the very few who have found out this business potential have inquired about the skills and methodology of rearing snail. In this article, I will be exposing core secrets required to start this business right from the comfort of your home or farm. The good news is that you don’t need any university degree in agriculture to do this business and you don’t need to quit your job too. After reading this article, you will be on your way to start your own snail business in easy and simple steps…..Making ₦1,000,000annually in snail rearing is a done deal if you do it well and get it right.

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