The residues of Moringa leaf extract can well replace the feed used in feeding snails. This is the conclusion reached from an experiment conducted by a Songhai team, seeking the best feed for a better growth of these mollusks.
Snails need a diet rich in protein for growth. Moringa is known for its medicinal properties and for its richness in protein. Fresh moringa leaves contain as much protein as an egg; dry moringa leaves contain four times more. The experiment consisted first of all in doing the Moringa leaf extraction to obtain the leaf residues. They are dried, made into a powder to be mixed with the activated solution of Effective Microorganisms (EMAS), molasses, probiotic ferment 10 and acidophilus. The role of the EMAS is to multiply the good bacteria and facilitate a good decomposition of the mixture; the molasses helps feed the good bacteria while the probiotic 10 and the acidophilus reduce the action of the bad bacteria. The mixture obtained is left at room temperature (27 – 28 ° C) for two weeks. A daily ration of this mixture is then given to the mollusks, previously weighed and divided into three (3) batches.
Mollusks of the first batch are fed with residues of Moringa leaf mixture. Those of the second batch are fed with 50% of the mixture and 50% of the snail feed. As for the third batch, they are fed only with snail feed. Each batch of snails is weighed every week. After a month, the results obtained with the first batch of snails fed exclusively with Moringa residue, suggest that the mixture may validly replace the snails feed, because in addition to a faster growth of the snails, a rapid recovery from broken or cracked shells was noted. The same experiment will be repeated in the coming days with soybean, also a high-protein cereal]]>