JKUAT has introduced short training courses for famers who are interested in venturing into a new type of occupation – snail farming. The first batch of trainees to join the lucrative venture with uncountable benefits, will commence their three day training session November 25-27, 2020.
The training for potential snail farmers and investors, organized under the Bio Snail Project will be held at the University’s Main campus, Juja.
According to Dr. Paul Kinoti, the expert behind the training, Bio snail farming has a myriad of benefits to farmers. It is a venture that has a ready, highly profitable market for the snails and their byproducts, and since they adapt to various environmental conditions, it is possible to rear them in small towns, cities, farms, at backyards or commercial levels and villages.
On the nutritional front, snails contain essential amino acids and vitamins, and given that they comprise of 70% low calorie protein, they are considered nutritious, alternate sources that can curb the prevalent protein deficiency and malnutrition in African countries.
Moreover, Dr. Kinoti further points out, snails being vegetarian enable the farmer to dispose household waste in an environmentally friendly manner, and also reduce the cost of required feed. This minimal effort venture also means that physically challenged individuals can easily engage in.
Besides Dr. Kinoti, the training will be facilitated by a team of experts from JKUAT’s department of Horticulture and Food Security whose experience is unmatched, and will focus on diverse topics.
Some of the topics will include the required startup capital, site selection and housing, the breeding process from reproduction to maturity, predators and diseases, harvesting, processing, and marketing, among others.
Further, the participants will learn slime extraction procedures and value addition. This will enable them create skincare products, which are touted to have healing compounds and are fetching a pretty penny globally. They will also learn how to make fertilizer, animal feed, and much more from these micro livestock animals. This can enhance other sections of the farm.
The participants will undergo intensive capacity building training with learning materials. More details can be sourced from firstname.lastname@example.org.