Major Disadvantages of Snail Farming

Seasonal and Daily Management Practices for Snail

There is a popular saying that anything that has an advantage also have a disadvantage. I guess that saying is also applicable to snail farming as a business as it also have it’s own disadvantages. Some of the major disadvantages of snail farming business includes but not limited to the following:

1. Climate

Without expensive artificial means of climate control, snail farming is restricted to the humid tropical forest zone, which offers a constant temperature, high relative humidity, preferably no dry season, and a fairly constant day/night rhythm throughout the year.

2. Cultural restrictions

Snail meat is considered a delicacy by some, whereas others will not even touch it for religious or cultural reasons.

3. Growth

Snails are relatively slow-growing animals. Furthermore, the consumable meat makes up only 40% (maximum!) of the snail’s total live weight. Consequently, snail farming is not a way to make money quickly!

4. Snails as a Pest

Snails that have escaped from a farm or been dumped by a farmer, may quickly develop into a serious pest in agriculture and horticulture.

For these reasons it must be emphasized that snail farming should be seen as only one component in a diversified farming venture. How-ever, with patience, good management and careful integration into existing farming activities, snail farming can provide substantial longer-term rewards.

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