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close this book Farming snails 2: Choosing snails; Care and harvesting; Further improvement
View the document Preface
close this folder The snails
View the document Choosing your snails
View the document Putting your snails in the pen
View the document When to take out the fully grown snails
close this folder Taking care of your snails
View the document Wet the food and shelter plants and moisten the ground
View the document Tend the food and shelter plants
View the document Take away the weeds and creeping grass
View the document Feeding your snails other kinds of food
close this folder Building the second pen
View the document When to build the second pen and how to build it
View the document Putting snails in your second pen
close this folder Harvesting your snails
View the document When to harvest your snails
View the document How to harvest your snails
View the document What to do with the snails you harvest
View the document Preparing snails for cooking
close this folder Further improvement
View the document Building the third pen
View the document Building a bigger pen
View the document Taking better care of your snails


The first twenty- six volumes in FAO's Better Farming Series were based on the Cours d'apprentissage agricole prepared in Côte d'Ivoire by the Institut africain de développement économique et social for use by extension workers. Later volumes, beginning with No. 27, have been prepared by FAO for use in agricultural development at the farm and family level. The approach has deliberately been a general one, the intention being to constitute basic prototype outlines to be modified or expanded in each area according to local conditions of agriculture.

Many of the booklets deal with specific crops and techniques, while others are intended to give the farmer more general information which can help him to understand why he does what he does, so that he will be able to do it better. Booklets No. 33 and 34 were added to the series owing to a growing interest in small- scale snail farming for food and profit in many countries where FAO's Better Farming Series is widely used.

Adaptations of the series, or of individual volumes in it, have been published in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Creole, Hindi, Igala, Indonesian, Kiswahili, Malagasy, SiSwati, Thai and Turkish.

Requests for permission to issue this manual in other languages and to adapt it according to local climatic and ecological conditions are welcomed. They should be addressed to the Director, Publications Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.