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Snail Farming- heliciculture

Months ago we presented a snail breeding opportunity and explained what launching a farm for its subsequent sale could represent. Here you can ask for the investment and project dossier.

Given the enormous interest in this opportunity, we expanded it to include more information about the possible business plan and the potential of the industry. It doesn’t seem difficult, though there are people who have attempted it following recommendations and design plans and still could not yield the expected results. 

According to experts, you have to take good care of the snails’ habitats. This could greatly influence the evolution of the production and quality. Inexperience in setting up the habitat has led to many entrepreneurs trying to make actual hotels for the snails. And that is not necessarily recommended, since the majority of these attempts have resulted in lower than expected production volumes. 

You have to be well informed and for that we can provide you with an extensive dossier with all the information you’ll need about snail farming (heliciculture).

In regards to the required funding, the amount of resources is not decisive, because we are not talking about prohibitive amounts for your launch as an entrepreneur, although it is higher if compared to other investments such as the Internet.

Among the advantages of snail farminging are:

- Heliciculture has a promising future, especially in this day and age when people are interested in healthier and more nutritious food.

- There is a very high demand for snails given the request for them in catering. 

- Snails can compete with cattle, pigs and poultry, since they can provide cheap, more nutritious and optimal quality meat.

- Snails have high fertility rates and adapt easily to different climates. 

- Their food is plant-based, easy to find, and economical. For the snail fattening destined for human consumption, calcium enriched cereal flours are used which are also very inexpensive. However, we don’t recommend this kind of fattening. Instead we recommend natural fattening thanks to responsible breeding with a proper environment, health and ecology. 

- Spain and France are ideal for this type of activity because of the climate, the richness of the soil, the water availability and solar luminosity, which provides competitive advantages in comparison to neighbor countries. However, more information and research is required in addition to legislation to regularize the exploitation and export of wild snails to conserve biodiversity.

The disadvantages in this type of business are: 

- The lack of adequate knowledge and advice about snails’ biology and farming. 

- The desire to start up a heliciculture business with little production and minimal ambition to offer a substantial amount of product to the market. 

- Another problem you have to face is the sometimes unsalvageable middlemen.