PROJECT TITLE

SNAILPRENERSHIP AS A VEHICLE FOR SUSTAINABLE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

 

INTRODUCTION:


The spate of unemployment among Nigerian youths is growing by the day. Millions of graduates are roaming about searching for elusive jobs and this often leads to restiveness, crime and other vices just to survive. Government and the private sector can never provide enough employment opportunities but the application of Grants towards a sustainable and scalable youth empowerment project would be of immense benefits.


HOW CAN SNAILPRENEURSHIP DRIVE SUSTAINABLE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT?


The project aims at harnessing all the various value chain derivable from snail farming business whereby several youths would be employed as Farm Management Trainees, they would receive salaries while being trained on rearing, processing, packaging and sales of snail meat ESCARGOT and other value chain products as applicable. Upon graduation they would be empowered with a plot of land, stock, cash and other technical support to set up their own snail farms as applicable.


SNAILPRENEURSHIP AND THE VALUE CHAIN:

Snail farming is the rearing or domestication of snails in built enclosures, where the snails are protected from all predators and are fed with plant materials equally planted within the enclosure. Water is sprayed twice a day for the plants and for the snails with in-built sprinklers as applicable.
Snail farming apart from being highly profitable creates employment opportunities. It is cheaper, less tedious and more environmental friendly compared to poultry and fish farming.
Snail meat ESCARGOT is a special delicacy, due to its medicinal values, high protein and iron content, low fat and near zero cholesterol.
The snail slime is equally harvested and used for pharmaceutical and cosmetology applications.
The shells are used in formulation of other livestock feeds as calcium and phosphorous supplements.
The Return on Investment is very healthy within a period of 12 to 18 months.


SUMMARY:


The application of an Empowerment Grant to a sustainable and scalable Snail Farming Management Trainee Scheme would be perfect blend to drive youth empowerment and self employment.

 

THE PROJECT AND OPERATIONS:


THE PROJECT LOCATION:


The project would be sited in Mowe axis of Ogun state and in Owerri, Imo state,  Nigeria where there is affordable and large expanse of lands with rich loamy soils, which is very ideal for sustainable snail farming as applicable.


THE DURATION OF THE TRAINING:


The Snail farming Management Trainee and Empowerment program would last for a period of between 12 to 18 months. This would enable the participants to have a comprehensive and practical experience on the various aspects of snail farming. These include the practical day to day farm management, snail meat processing and packaging plus the required marketing skills to distribute the snail meat and other value chain products as applicable.


PROPOSED REMUNERATION FOR THE TRAINEES:


The trainees would be paid N50, 000 per month which is more than recommended minimum wage amount of N30, 000.
This is would attract their interest and ensure their commitment to the snail farming business accommodation and recreational facilities would be provided for those coming from afar as applicable.


SIZE OF THE FARM AND LAYOUT:


The farm would include several acres of landed property to be divided into several sections or departments as stated below:


1.       The security post and entrance section:
This would be manned by security personnel round the clock for proper security and access control as applicable. Visitors and participants must be identified before being allowed any access to the facilities as applicable.


2.       The snail rearing areas:
The snail rearing sections would constitute about 80 percent of the whole facility and would be protected from unauthorized access. Each semi unit would be about six plots of land where about twelve snail rearing enclosures or paddocks would be built and each paddock would be assigned to a minimum of two trainees, So there would be a minimum of 24 trainees assigned to one acre of land.


3.       The Cloak Room Section:
There would separate cloak room areas for male and female trainees where they can change their clothes, shower before and after work as well as take a rest during off peak periods as applicable.


4.       The Processing and Packaging Section:
This would house all the state of the art processing and packaging equipments like slime extractor, processing and packaging machine, snail meat smoking and packaging chambers, snail meat cleaning and packaging for frozen types, snail shell crushing and packaging units etc. This section would deliver well branded and packaged snail slime, smoked and frozen escargot  and crushed shells.


5.       The Powerhouse:
This would house the power generating equipment to power all the installed equipments. A gas or diesel generator with enough capacity to meet the power requirements would be installed to ensure adequate operations at all times.


6.       The Raw Material and Finished Products Stores:
There would be separate storage space for packaging materials and other raw materials. Then there would also be a separate store for finished goods ready for distribution as applicable.


7.       Staff Quarters:
There would be provision for staff quarters where the staff and trainees who live far off can stay and work as applicable

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8.       Hotel or Resort:
There would be provision for a standard hotel or resort for visitors and tourists who may wish to come and rest and enjoy the peaceful nature around the farm as applicable.


9.       Training auditoriums:
There would be provision for auditoriums were lectures and seminars can hold to benefit the trainees and the general public as applicable.


10.   Laboratory and Research Center :
There would be provision for a laboratory and research center for continuous research and development on the best methods of rearing, processing and marketing of the snail value chain.


11.   Administrative Building
This would serve as the center of administration and management of the entire facility as applicable


NOTES, You can access pictures of snails and snail farms online to upload on the omegabest web page that would be dedicated to SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY FOOD PRODUCTION. 
OUR PAST EXPERIENCE SHOULD BE HIGHLIGHTED as follows:


FROM 2012 TILL DATE, Working with local pharmaceutical companies, NIGERIA MALARIA ELIMINATION PROGRAMME  and The Global Fund to IMPORT DISTRIBUTE AFFORDABLE MEDICINES FOR MALARIA.

WE WERE ABLE TO EMPOWER SEVERAL LOCAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES VIA THIS PROGRAMME.

WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE MALARIA TREATMENT AFFORDABLE TO THE POOR MASSES

WE WERE ABLE TO MONITOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND WRITE REPORTS TO THE NMEP AND THE GLOBAL FUND;

WE WERE ABLE TO MANAGE THE IMPORT DESK OF THE LOCAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SUPPLIERS, LOCAL BANKS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS APPLICABLE

 

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