Snail farming can be very successful in areas where the local market for snails is strong. Snails are very nutritious, high protein foodstuff and cultivating them seems very easy. Snail farming is very popular in West Africa (especially Nigeria), South America and some Asian regions (Vietnam). It is even so popular that people don’t think about adverse effects any more.
Furthermore, snail farming can prevent snails from being endangered in areas where snails are captured in the wild. And snails fit very well in other (agricultural) activities:
- Snails can help to fertilize the soil;
- snails that can’t be sold (because they are too small, for example) can be fed to a pig; shells can be fed to chickens;
- snails can be used as live bait for fishing;
- handcraft stores may be interested in the shells.
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