Acceptability and Constraint of Snail Meat as Source of Animal Protein among Inhabitants of Lafia Metropolis, Nassarawa State Nigeria

S.A. Alaye, O.A Akande, J.O. Onihunwa, K.T. Layade, T.G. Akinade, D.A. Joshua, B.S. Ojo

Abstract


This study examined the acceptability of snail as source of protein among inhabitants of Lafia metropolis of Nasarawa state, Nigeria. One hundred and twenty questionnaire were administer to the respondents and the data was analyze through descriptive statistics. The socio demographic characteristics of respondent’s shows that males had the highest percentage (74.2%) while 25.8% were female and age group 28-37 recorded the highest (40.8%). Majority (54.2%) of the respondents are unmarried while 45.8% are married with majority of them having an tertiary qualification The major occupation of the respondents shows that majority (32.5%) are civil servants, followed by 26.7% which are students and the least are hunter with 4.2%. Majority (55.8%) of the respondents are Muslim while 44.2% were Christian. The finding revealed that majority of the respondents are willing to buy and eat snail meat with mean value 3.99. The constraints associated with consumption of Snail meats showed that cost (Price) of snail meat scores the highest mean value of 4.12 and I do not eat Snails because my people do not eat it is the least with a mean value of 3.98. The Preference of Snails meat compared to meat from other animal sources revealed that beef recorded the highest (1.63 mean value), followed by Fish with mean value of 1.57 and Snail meat is the least with mean value of 1.26. This study recommend that awareness creation on the nutritional benefits of Snail meat consumption is necessary to enlist more consumer.


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Acceptability, Constraint, Snail, Protein, Meat

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