I have kept pigeons and rabbits as pets since childhood.
I love pets including birds, rabbits and dogs. But I’m very careful with dogs, because their moods are unpredictable sometimes.
Now there is this pet that has caught my attention recently: greater cane rats (Grasscutters).
Greater Cane Rat popularly known as Grasscutter belongs to the rodent family and is very closely related to the porcupine, they almost look alike except that porcupine is bigger.
The spiny fur on the back and rounded nose distinguish Grasscutter from true rats.
It reaches a length of about 720 mm when fully matured.
A full grown grasscutter has the size of a nine inches block.
Grasscutters’ gestation periods are usually between 152 days and 160 days, approximately five months. In other words, it can breed two times in a year with about four to six newborns at a time and can be matured for breeding or sales at six months for female and eight months for male depending on the feeding. In a farm of 100 families of grasscutters, you can get about 1000 to 1200 grasscutters in a year.
Grasscutters can be marketed locally or internationally, depending on one’s connections in the industry.
Locally, it is in higher demand among families because of the zero cholesterol level, restaurants use it as pepper soup meat, suya, frozen or dried meat. Most Chinese are looking for the meat as regular meal and also to entertain most of their guests from abroad.
Grasscutters usually feed on elephant grass, sugar cane, pumpkin stems, maize seeds, maize leaves, maize husks, nuts, Guinea grass, fruits, grains etc.
Commercial farming of grasscutters is gaining popularity in Africa due to its nutritional benefits and the fact that it doesn’t cost money to feed them, as their food is available in the bushes in rural areas. Its profit potential is also high and its meat is in high demand.
After poultry farming, the next big thing that is creating millionaires in Africa now is grasscutter farming.
I have land and a good structure in a rural area that has abundance of grasses and other foods for grasscutters and I want to use it to rear grasscutters for commercial purposes.
Whether you are a pet lover like myself or you love the entrepreneurial spirit, or you simply love farming or giving to worthy causes, I encourage you to donate to assist me buy two or more families of grasscutters to establish my farm. I also need to refurbish the building I want to use to house the grasscutters and create cages for each family.
All donors will receive a copy of my book “The Theology Of Fruitology: How To Bear Fruit That Will Last For Eternity” with rights to give it out to other people or print a hard copy to put in your library. You can check it out on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RSZTKGM
Thanks and God bless you.