October 23, 2021
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SNAIL FARMING TRAINING: CSIR URGES YOUTH TO VENTURE INTO SNAIL FARMING

  • The Deputy Director- General of CSIR is advising the youth to venture into snail farming since the business is profitable.
  • There is a market for snails both locally and internationally due to its delicacy and medicinal benefits.
  • Forty participants including staff of the National Youth Authority, Agricultural Extension Agents and farmers have benefitted from a day’s training in snail farming.

Prof Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has urged the youth to consider snail farming as an avenue for generating income.

He explained that, starting a snail farming business requires less capital and education; the interest to learn, invest and market the business.

Prof. Bosu spoke at a training session held for farmers, agriculture extension officers and players within the agribusiness industry.

The training was organised by CSIR in collaboration with the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme at CSIR-Plant Genetics Resources Research Institute, Bunsu in the Eastern Region.

The Deputy Director-General further urged the youth to be optimistic in starting the business adding that, it has significant outcomes.

Some of the participants at the workshop, he hinted were beneficiaries of a skills training programme by the National Youth Authority (NYA) in Koforidua.

“Explore and apply yourselves to some of these things and you may never know, this thing may lead you to your dream”, he said. 

With respect to the inclusion of snails in diets, Prof. Bosu said, it is rich in protein, iron, calcium and low in fat which are needed by the body and noted, the consumption of snails has been on high demand.

He attributed the high consumption of snails in recent times to the realisation of the essence of eating healthy diets by many Ghanaians.

Mrs. Mary Appiah, a senior marketing officer at the CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG) urged the participants to keep basic marketing practices including the need to promote the sale of their snails with effective communication and the willingness to negotiate with their customers should there be any loss.  

The topics treated at the training were; getting started with snail farming, breeding and diseases and pests management.

Meanwhile, over the past three years, CSIR has trained about 1,500 farmers and agricultural extension officers throughout the country.

MAG is a five-year initiative programme funded by the Canadian government that focuses attention on demand driven research and alternative methods of extension delivery with the objective of increasing productivity through intensive farming. MAG provides budgetary support to the Agricultural Research Institutes within CSIR. 

CSIR was established in 1958 and currently has thirteen research institutes, a Head Office and over fifty Research Centres, Units and Field Stations

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Prof. Paul Bosu (5th from right) the Deputy Director-General of CSIR with other participants in a group photograph.  

 

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR


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