ArmInfo.Vahe, a director by profession, has founded a snail breeding farm in Byurakan for the snais imported from Europe. It is the first in Armenia; special conditions were created for the snails.
Vahe discovered the sphere by accident, when he started researching the conditions of breeding snails in Armenia by one of his friends’ request.
First he failed; at the beginning Vahe was examining the Armenian mountain snails, that was not to be bred. Finally, following his wife’s advice, he went to Greece, participated in trainings and learned the specifics, methods and ways of snail breeding.
Currently, Vahe’s farm provides all the necessary conditions foe snails – healthy food, necessary humidity… Everything is adapted. Two types of European snails live in the farm.
The snail farm is on of the beneficiaries of “Agricultutral tourism development program” organized by Acba bank and Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). Thanks to the provided grant, Vahe was able to build a stand in the farm to welcome guests and make delicacies.
“Surprisinlgy for me, I saw that snail breeding is a very serious agricultural direction which is popular in Europe and has reached Latin America. This is a direction of European agriculture and is considered a farm for lazy people; there si not much to do, your daily rhythm becomes “snail-like” slow, through out and calm. I consider it as small cattle breeding famring, the smallest one. The stand helped to bring me income. We welcome guests, organize snail cooking master classes, tastings, etc. The program by Acba Federation and NABU is really important for me. If there was no such thing, I would have income after the farm became bigger. The program helped me keep the farm’, notes Vahe Hakhverdyan.
Vahe’s snail farm is a unique tourist direction, aslo in the region.
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