Grasscutter farming is the rearing of grasscutters known as “The Cane Rat” or “bush meat” for both domestic and commercial use. In the time past grasscutters were not grown on farmlands but they were usually hunted down, caught, and then sold to buyers. With about 80,000 tons of grasscutter meat consumed annually in Nigeria but only 0.2 % are domesticated grasscutters.
The practice of Grasscutter farming has grown steadily in West Africa over the past couple of years in Nigeria and can grow to lengths of almost 0.61 m and weigh about 8.6 kg.
The market potential drives farmers with the technical know-how, to set up and run large grasscutter farms in their localities or on sites acquired at specific locations. Growing these grasscutter farms helps the farmers build a sustainable agribusiness in a much unsaturated agricultural category.
Benefits of Grasscutter Farming
- Source of Income and Employment.
- Great Source of Protein.
- Cheaper to run than poultry, fish, or pig farming.
- Medicinal Uses.
- Feeding Them Is Extremely Cheap (can be grass only)
- Can be reared at home
- They sell for great prices
- More Demand Than Available Supply
- They Can Be Pets.
Jovana Integrated Farms has developed an intensive one-day Livestock Farming seminar aimed at addressing the needs of farmers on grasscutter farming. For more details on them seminar schedule click
Source: Start-up Daily