“I produced 1000 snails in my 1st year” – Nigerian farmer makes millions from snail farming, shares success story

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A young Nigerian farmer, identified as Henry Akpor Etineh, has become a motivation to youths as he made millions from his snail farming.

The CEO of Arapel Agro farms limited made it revelation during his exclusive interview with Legit.ng. He talked about how he started the practice, his techniques for growing giant snails, and how he plans to transfer the knowledge to other farmers. 

He specialises in growing the giant African land snail species for various purposes like meat, pet, slime, calcium, and snail blood.

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He said, “I started this business in 2016 in Iyara, Warri, Delta State, with a goal to grow 1 million snails every year. I started in an abandoned 20ft X 35ft waterlogged space.”

“I picked snail farming because I wanted to focus on a premium product that the market is not saturated. And snails fit perfectly into the vision.”

“At first, growing them to market size was very challenging, but I have crossed that bridge with a new model I invented called The Henry Snail Model. This model helps me grow snails in and out of season and cuts down growth period by almost six months. Now I have thousands of snails that lay eggs and grow all around the year.” 

Henry made it known that he he partners animal nutritionists to produce highly nutritious feed for snails at different stages of their lives.

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He furthered, “I produced 10000 snails in my first year (2016) and sold out in weeks as growers because I couldn’t grow them to adult dye to lack of space. I market my snails on social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Arapel farms and get customers from all over the world.


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“Now I sell various sizes like growers, Point of Lay and medium (breeders). People refer me to family and friends because I am very honest with my business.” 

Sharing his success story, he revealed that there are special techniques involved in snail farming. Each process, like every other aspect of farming, has to be duly followed and monitored to have a good harvest. 

The young farmer said, “Firstly, you have to be a trained expert. You need to have a minimum space of 4ftx4ft for backyard/cage system or 20ft X 20ft for commercial snail farming.

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“You need to build your snail house. You need to care for the snails every morning and evening, and you also need to feed with both formulated feed and vegetables.” 

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