Grasscutter Farming In Nigeria: Quick Facts
Grasscutter farming is one of the businesses in Nigeria that is
often neglected,mainly because a lot of people do not know about this business.
Grasscutter meat or bush meat as it is called by the locals,is one of the favorite meat of the locals in Nigeria.
In this post we shall list some of the quick facts about grasscutter farming business that you should know before starting up this business.
Grasscutter Farming In Nigeria
1. Grasscutter farming is a very lucrative business venture that can generate up to four million Naira yearly.
2. The market for selling grasscutter in Nigeria is quite large as there is more demand than supply.3. The rearing of this animal is a great source of employment,and also it's cheaper to run than poultry or pig farming.
4. Grasscutters can be fed with only grass because they are herbivores,hence it's extremely cheap to feed and raise these animals.
5. For some people,the meat from this animal is a great source of protein and it has some medicinal uses.
6. This animals can be reared at home,used as pets and they sell for great prices.
7. If you have ever visited Nigeria then you will know that it's a favorite delicacy for Peppersoup.
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8. A female grasscutter gives birth to new offsprings twice a year,the animal can deliver between 4 -10 offspring at the time of delivery,they grow to a length of 720mm and weighs 3.5mm to 4.5mm when fully matured,in other to raise healthy grasscutters they should be properly fed,healthy females give birth to more healthy offsprings.
9. New offsprings should be kept together with their mother for up to 16 weeks before separating into colonies.
10. Male grasscutters attain maturity after six to seven months while the females reach maturity from eight months.
11. The animal's pen should be made from metal,and should be blocked at the back and opened at the front.
12. Grasscutters live in colonies of one male and three to five females,for a starter,you should consider buying one male and three females.
13. The animal should be properly fed and always provided with enough water.
14. The animal should be fed with sugarcane,Napier grass, Elephant grass,they can also be fed with formulated pellets like groundnut, wheat bran, corn bran, brewers’ grain, maize shucks, cotton seed cakes, oilseeds,bark of fruits such as Mango, Plantain, Pawpaw, Cassava etc,sometimes they can also be fed with leftover foods like rice,potato,maize Etc.
15. A matured grasscutter can be sold as high as N7,000 - N8,000 or as low as N2,500 - N3,000.
16. Grasscutter attracts pests like snakes and ants,care should be taken when rearing such animals,another risk of grasscutter farming is the outbreak of diseases,the animals pen should be disinfected and cleaned regularly to prevent the spread of infections.
17. Grasscutter farming might require time and effort moreover you also need to be patient.
18. Grasscutters are nocturnal,so you must separate the region they sleep from the region they carry out any other form of activity like eating.
19. The animals are also territorial,two fully grown males cannot live together,they would fight till one is dead.
--20. Grasscutter cages when being built should have a dimension of 180cm in length, 60cm in width, and 45cm in height and should contain separate grasscutter colonies.
21. Popular species of the grasscutter include the Thryonomys Swinderianus and the Thryonomys Gregorianus which are popular in west Africa and Central and East Africa respectively.
22. Adding a small quantity of additives in their liquid might be great as grasscutters like to drink liquid with artificial tastes.
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23. People say that grasscutters meat has medicinal advantages due to it's high percentage of vitamin A, Vitamin B, riboflavin, magnesium, Iron, Niacin etc.
24. Some grasscutter rearers claim to rear a cross breed hybrid grasscutter which according to them is an excellent breeder, has sturdy legs and is resistance to diseases and can last long without food and water.
25. Some grasscutters can live up to 4 years.
Listed below are some of the quick facts you should know about grasscutter farming in Nigeria,mostly in rural areas these animals are hunted by hunters because they also live in the wild.
Before starting up your grasscutter business it's imperative that you carry out more research before starting off,also you may need to buy some of the following equipments if you plan to start the business on a medium/large scale:-
- Smoking machines
- Mobile cages
- Handling and weighing scales
- Transport cage
- Packaging gadgets Etc