How Belarusians breed Burgundy snails

How Belarusians breed Burgundy snails

A young couple from Minsk moved to the Korelichi district, where they opened their own farm for growing Burgundy snails.

Vladimir and Victoria began to comprehend the basics of this business four years ago. The spouses admit: they never thought they would become farmers. He is a Minsk citizen, an engineer, worked as a manager and traveled a lot of countries. She is a Ukrainian journalist. They met in Kiev. Family life began in the rhythm of the big city, but continued in the romance of the village.

Vladimir Rabkov, farmer:
We want more tranquility, silence, fresh air. We have long wanted to move here. And here we saw these snails. I picked it up, saw this meat part, and the business idea came to me immediately.

Vladimir and Victoria carefully sort adults and young snails. Autumn is a harvest season on this farm too. The spouses have built a real paradise for their "horned charges" - separate partments and a special moisturizing system, rich in vitamins food.

Not surprisingly, the herd of grape snails has grown to 160,000 individuals. This is more than 5 tons.

Vladimir Rabkov:
It is not as it seems at first glance. Yes, on the Internet you can read that this business is easy: you took snails, started and forgot about them. No.

The spouses spent a lot of money on an internship with a farmer in France. They learned how to grow shellfish and breed. This variety of Burgundian snails is large and whimsical. But the quality of meat is higher than that of wood snails.

The farmers were only investing in their business for three years without incomes. This year, mollusks started to bring income for the first time.

Galina Buro, CTV:
The most important thing in breeding snails is to keep their livestock. In nature, 50% are killed by frost, but this is unacceptable on the farm. Therefore, part of the population is moved to the warehouse for winter. The rest is for sale.

The snail business is promising since demand for shellfish is growing.

Victoria Rabkova says snails are good in cosmetology. She tested it on herself.

Victoria Rabkova, farmer:
Slime mucus is very rich in an active substance called mucin, which helps in skin regeneration, smoothing wrinkles, moisturizing and tightening.

They are really happy. Here, in the wilderness, in the village, they found themselves. Plans are optimistic: to build an agro-farm, create jobs and treat tourists to author's dishes, where the snail will of course be the queen of the table.