Snake Rearing: Abubakar Ballah, the Officer-in-Charge of Snakebite Therapy and Research Centre, Kaltungo, Gombe state, has urged Nigerians to embrace snake rearing to boost their financial standing.
Mr Ballah told NAN in Kaltungo on Friday that snake rearing is likely one of the most worthwhile trades on earth.
He added that, the excessive price of snake venom utilized by pharmaceutical industries in producing anti snake venom has glorified the enterprise.
“The advantage of the enterprise is that the market readily available on the web,” the official stated.
Mr Ballah mentioned that other than the production of anti snakebite venoms, the pharmaceutical industries use the snake venoms to produce an anti hypertensive, most cancers and ulcer medication.
In addition to promoting the snakes to pharmaceutical companies, he disclosed that the reptiles could possibly be traded to earn foreign exchange.
“Within the space of fashion, the skins of the reptile are used to produce fanciful belts, women purses and footwears e.t.c.
“It’s due to this fact ironical to see fashion-conscious individuals, wearing footwear, belts and purses produced from snake skins, both having phobia for live snakes, or see the reptile as primary enemy,” he noticed.
Within the space of nature’s personal nourishment, the officer mentioned snake meat is a favorite delicacy in some African and Asian nations.
“They take away the venom and put together particular pepper soup, particularly the python meat, which tastes like fish meat,” he mentioned.
Ballah mentioned within the space of agriculture, snakes assist in balancing the ecosystem on farmlands by reducing the variety of damaging rodents, thereby enabling farmers to get pleasure from bumper harvest.
“Farmers don’t go out at night time to examine their farms; snakes do this for them, as such the reptiles are supposed to be friends of farmers, not enemies,” he added.
He attributed the phobia for snakes by individuals to the superior charisma of the elegant reptile, however pressured that snakes have been harmless, and that they solely attack in self-defence.
“So most of the time, now we have circumstances of individuals, both advertently or in any other case, stepping on snakes and the reptile bites back out of the intuition to guard itself.
“That’s the reason when a snake will get to listen to any movement from far, it tries to run away however when pursued and placed in a difficult nook, it reacts if it has the means to take action,” he clarified.
On tips on how to rear snakes knowing fully well that taming such can be herculian, the officer mentioned interested individuals can secure the services of snake charmers for a price per snake, or have interaction in joint business with the charmers.
He affirmed that Nigeria was blessed with all kinds of snakes spread everywhere in the nation, as exemplified by what obtains in Kaltungo city of Gombe state.
Ballah underscored the necessity to harness same and generate income at particular person and government levels.