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World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2014, 2(6), 276-279
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-2-6-5
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Economic Analysis and Production Techniques of Snail Farms in Southern Greece

Hatziioannou M.1, , Issari A.1, Neofitou C.1, Aifadi S.1 and Matsiori S.1

1University of Thessaly, School of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, Fytoko Street, N. Ionia Magnesia’s, Greece

Pub. Date: November 24, 2014

Cite this paper:
Hatziioannou M., Issari A., Neofitou C., Aifadi S. and Matsiori S.. Economic Analysis and Production Techniques of Snail Farms in Southern Greece. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2014; 2(6):276-279. doi: 10.12691/wjar-2-6-5

Abstract

In the present study was examined the economic viability and the production techniques of commercial snail farms, grounded in Peloponnese (). The primary data were collected through personal interviews from a sample of nine snail farms, during the years of 2009 and 2010. The farms produce fresh snails Cornu aspersum, raised and reproduced in net covered greenhouses with vegetation and artificial food provision. The impact of the production cost and the selling price on the business profitability was examined. A comparative presentation of profits and expenses was conducted for the economic viability control and the Net Present Value criterion was applied, as an indication of potential profitability of the investment plan. The net cash flows were estimated for a time period of ten years and sensitivity analysis was applied for a variation rate of 20% (with 5% as the discounting interest rate). The initial investment was 19.478 €, 60% of this concerns expenses for the creation of the net covered greenhouse. The annual revenue was estimated to 20.028during an average year (3rd year) within the ten-year evaluation horizon. In the selling price of 5,3 €/kg the investment was deemed marginally economically viable. Problems which concerned mainly the design of the livestock installations but also the productions techniques were detected. Sensitivity analysis, demonstrated that the enterprise was sensitive to variations of the product's selling price (of fresh snails) and less sensitive to variations of feeding cost (of the green vegetables and artificial diet). Heliciculture has the potential to constitute an innovative and viable agricultural activity with economic, social and environmental benefits.

Keywords:
Heliciculture snail production Cornu aspersum investment drawing sensitivity Analysis Greece

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