Animal Husbandry Project

The project aims at providing low cost meat in our countries of operation while also providing employment that will generate income for marginalized population. AYPAD detected that snails are a high source of protein and cheaper than other animals’ meat, thus more accessible for population. Therefore we intend to commence this project with snail farming and at a later stage we would develop other farm types, to name a few: guinea fowl, turkey or pigs. These animals will be provided to the participants after being trained to properly manage their farms. AYPAD will help with marketing the product of our farmers after being harvested.

Achatina snail is a delicacy for the citizens of West Africa, Europe and Asia. In Ghana is eaten by about half of the 35 million population. The snail is traditionally gathered from the wild and sold at the local markets. However, in recent years, the Achatina snail has greatly diminished due to over-harvesting, adverse weather conditions, and deforestation. The limited supply of snail keeps the cost prohibitively high, and thus keeps the nutritious food out of the hands and mouths of the consumers who want and need it most. AYPAD Snail Farm which will comence first project in Ghana will assists women, mostly commercial sex workers, single mothers and local farmers in raising the large snails, thus providing a sustainable supply of the highly sought-after snail in the Ghanaian market. The Farm gives selected Women; individuals the resources needed to start a snail farm and continually supervise the farming operation. In the meantime, we market the snails and make sales contracts with individuals and businesses. As the snails breed and the inventory grows, the farms send the snail supply to AYPAD Snail Farm processing. Then we complete the cycle by selling the completed product to the consumers. AYPAD Snail Farms sells three products:

1)  Snail Meat: This is the primary product of AYPAD Snail Farm. The consumer demand for nutritious snail far outweighs the current supply.

2)  Snail Shells: Many shell collectors around the world want the beautiful AYPAD snail shell for decorative or curiosity purposes.

3)  Snail Slime: The slime byproduct is used in pharmaceutical and skincare products.

Final Goal

$67,000

Fund Raised

$3,000

4.48%

Goals

1. To use snail farming as a natural solution to overcome poverty and malnutrition.
2. To train women in snail farmer sing on how to prepare land for farming, Provide breeding stock.
3. To provide manuals, management materials and other resources to raise the snails, strengthening their managing and farming skills.
4. To provide a coordinated market that will sell snail slime and shells to international market that will empower women farmers in that community.

Challenge

    Many people see snails moving around, some people take it as meat. But quite a number don't know how to go about rearing them and that it’s a very lucrative business that can generate a lot of income for a community. This is made worse because many who are into snail farming are unwilling to let others know about the farming methodology. The techniques are often shrouded in secrecy. But the plain truth is that snail farming is an easy and affordable business for anyone who wants to enter into animal farming. One such attractive area for self-employment is snail rearing, great money-spinning business that can provide a substantial source of protein to complement Africa carbohydrate meals. Sadly Africans inclination to go into business in the fields where thousands have already made their fortune has led to the ulter neglect of such lucrative area of snail farming in Africa or export at international market.

Solution

Snail farming in Africa is an untapped market compared to other livestock as a result the earlier we establish a coordinated farming mechanism which will without doubt have bright prospects in exploring this venture. Snail farming is a practicable and viable venture yet unexplored.

The organization embarked on the project as Snail Farming has been approved to be most lucrative farming venture presently, as it requires far less capital investment, while much profit is being generated in a considerable short period. It has lower risk compared to other livestock farming. The demand for snail is higher than the supplies.The market potential of snail is inexhaustible, locally and internationally. 

Virtually every part of snail is of vital use in food, pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing and fishing industries. Snail is an export commodity, which has value next to gold in overseas countries. It is a foreign exchange income earner of our days. Our climate is one of the best in snail breeding. Snail farming in Africa requires small capital and the running cost is very low, hence their feeds are very local.