Domesticated Grasscutter: Too Natural To Be Neglected

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Inadequate regional food supplies, diminishing quality of health and increasing environmental deterioration are the three key underlying problems affecting the future and well-being of mankind. The magnitude of these problems is set to increase as the world’s population continues to grow.

The three facets of applied grasscutter production technology combined, offers meaningful solutions through the generation of relatively cheap source of high quality chemical-free farm animals, the provision of health-enhancing dietary proteins and conversion of environmental waste such as grass, cassava and vegetable waste to food for grasscutters, thereby creating jobs and maintaining the balance of eco-system.

The potential of grasscutter farming in generating new employment opportunities is another positive element emanating from grasscutter breeding ventures. Some of this project will aim at providing initial skills for cottage level grasscutter breeding. Later, large scale development can be expected to lead to the establishment of commercial grasscutter farms.

Grasscutter farming is too important to be neglected, the fast population growth and the associated increase in the demand for livestock products present many development opportunities. Grasscutter production will become the biggest contributor to agriculture in coming decades, with consumption of animal-based foods the fastest growing sub-food category in Africa. The key challenge is determining how to intensify livestock productivity in a sustainable manner.

In order to ensure their sustainable existence and use, their farming at this juncture is therefore most opportune, given the fact that domesticated grasscutters are now consumers delight. Investors may delay, but time will not.

During the last few months, interest in grasscutter farming has escalated. This may be due to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease as people now prefer home-grown grasscutters than those killed by hunters from the bush.

Grasscutter meat
Grasscutter meat

Although, grasscutter is not among the bush meat mentioned that carry Ebola Virus Disease. The World Health Organisation had said “the virus is transmitted to people from wild fruit bats, gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzes and spreads in human population through human-to-human transmission”.

Moreover, the man that brought Ebola virus into Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Sawyer flew in from Liberia and later died in Lagos Hospital. Then, the medics that attended to him contracted the virus and it began to spread in some part of the country.

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After all said and done, the Ebola outbreak has been contained and defeated in the country. The World Health Organization on Monday 20th October 2014 declared that Nigeria was now free of Ebola Virus Disease.

However, demand for domesticated bush-meat (grasscutter) is growing higher everyday. This development may not be unconnected with the fact that grasscutters are healthy white-meat, which is averagely delicious and more nutritious than any other domesticated meat.

Prince Arinze holding two grasscutters
Prince Arinze holding two grasscutters

The meat is tender, palatable and low in cholesterol. This type of meat is recommended for patient with cardiac problems, diabetes and high blood pressure. Grasscutter meat once called the “the king of bush meat” and still treated as a delicacy; can be taken regularly as part of the healthy human diet or be treated as medicine. Therefore, avoid grasscutter meat to your peril.

Demand for grasscutter will forever remain high because people are now becoming health conscious by avoiding the consumption of red meat that is loaded with cholesterol. Nowadays, consumers prefer chemical-free meat like grasscutter than pig, chicken, fish and turkey that are raised with growth hormones, vaccines, antibiotics, drugs, genetically manipulated organisms, etc.

In other words, all meats are not equal. Grasscutter is still the best domesticated safe to eat farm animal.
To raise grasscutter, one requires at least N55,000. These include the cost of the 5-grasscutters and their cage. Feeding them is affordable; People should understand that domesticated grasscutters are no longer bush-meat but domesticated bush-meat. They are no longer “grass-cutters but grass-eaters”.

The farmer is now the grasscutter because he goes into the bush to cut the grass for the animal that’s now the grass-eaters in the house. To succeed in animal farming, new farmers are advised to “sit at the feet” of a mentor-someone that has years of experience, has made the mistake, has learned how to succeed and is willing to pass that knowledge down.

JOVANA FARMS have what it takes to make you successful; if you desire to invest in livestock production anytime. We are ready and experience to train, guide and mentor you wisely from site survey, farm set-up and supply of fast growing animal species

Attend Jovana Farms nationwide seminars nearest to you and know more opportunities in grasscutter farming. Visit us at:, E-mail:[email protected] or Call: 080-33262-808, for more details. Choose also the nearest venue from the advert box in this page and in our website.

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