In line with Ekiti State Government’s policy of encouraging private investments in the state, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, will be commissioning a multi- billion naira Egbeja Snail Village , Okemesi Ekiti, on Tuesday, 19 January, 2021.
The project, which is a private initiative of Farmkonnect Agricbusiness Nigeria Limited, in partnership with Touchstone Snails Technology, Cyprus, is designed to be the largest snail farm in Nigeria and second largest in Africa, with capacity to produce a minimum of 2.6 million kg (2,600 metric tons) of snails per annum.
Founder of Farmkonnect Agricbusiness, Azeez Oluwole Saheed, said he decided to set up the integrated snail farm in Okemesi Ekiti in view of Ekiti State’s friendly investment environment made possible by the ease of doing business policy of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration.
He said over N5.2 billion had been committed to the integrated snail farm project with capacity to employ over 2,000 skilled and unskilled personnel. He added that aside snail meat that would be produced at the farm, slime extracted from the snails would be exported as it is in high demand in pharmaceutical and skin and hair care industries.
Aside commissioning the project, Governor Fayemi would also undertake a guided tour of facilities on the farm.