ACHATINA FULICA: FARMING GIANT AFRICAN LAND SNAIL

Achatina Fulica

Achatina Fulica

Achatina Fulica. Smallest amongst the Giant African Snails used for farming.

Achatina Fulica are common garden snails. I call them “Wakawaka” or Busy Bodies” They are always on the move even in daytime when others are resting. It is easy to see them in your backyard when the ground is wet.
Couple of years ago I introduced a few into my backyard. Ever since they have been residents. They fend for themselves … Read the rest

BONDING WITH GIANT AFRICAN SNAIL

Bonding with giant African snail pic 1

Bonding with giant African snail pic 1As humans we tend to bond with what we love. The essence is to form a mutually beneficial relationship. It is therefore not a misnomer bonding with giant African snail kept in captivity. We have edible snails in Africa and these snails are collectively called giant African snails. These snails are of different shapes and colours some of which are reared by me. It is fun watching and studying the behavior of … Read the rest

SNAIL FARMING: REARING SNAILS CORRECTLY

GALS used in snail farming

Snail farming is fascinating and it is exciting watching the GAL snails growing in a controlled environment. I had always been interested in snails for as long as I could remember. There are different species of edible snails in our environment. The ones commonly found in backyards don’t grow big and children delight in hunting for them. The Giant African Land Snails (GALS) on the other hand are big and eaten in … Read the rest

MAKING CHIPS FROM PLANTAIN HARVEST

featured plantain

HOW TO MAKE PLANTAIN CHIPS

Once harvested, plantains ripen within a week. I  keep some in the refrigerator to prolong the length of time it will be available for my use. They should however not be kept for too long in the fridge as they will still end up getting ripe anyway. A better option for me is making them into chips which can be preserved for longer period. The chips are … Read the rest

STARTING MY PLANTAIN AND BANANA MINI FARM

GROWING PLANTAIN AND BANANA

Plantain and Banana were the first plants to grace my backyard garden some years ago. I purchased the baby plants called suckers from hawkers in traffic for a very small amount. I bought two of each out of curiosity and planted in a small space out of which two dried off as a result only two survived.

Interestingly from those two survivors I harvested a lot. Many people … Read the rest