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PHNOM PENH – Farmer Hach Chhorn has succeeded in breeding snails from Japan and is enjoying strong demand in Cambodia.
Chhorn, owner of 400 Farm in Srae Khtum commune in Mondulkiri province, said, “They are still Japanese snails. It’s just that they turn out differently when we breed them.
“Some are like durians, we called them durian snails, while some look like butter, so we named them butter snails, and others are kind of similar to cherry then we called them cherry snails.”
Chhorn’s farm supplies only about 200 to 300 kilos of snails per month but has not yet been able to meet the market demand. They cost $100 per kilo.
Most customers buy this type of snail to breed and raise but some also buy it for consumption.
He said the Japanese snails are delicious and good for health because they eat clean food such as vegetables, fruit and duckweed. And they are weather resistant.