Wednesday 17 April 2013

Grasscutter for business

 Rearing of Grasscutters  is one of the best way to earn cool money in Nigeria. Grasscutters are
widely distributed and valued in West and Central Africa. The meat is of a higher protein but lower fat content than domesticated farm meat and it is also appreciated for its tenderness and taste. More recently, intensive production of grasscutters has been undertaken in many African countries, including Nigeria.

Grasscutter has been overhunted and savanna habitat is often at risk during the dry season from bushfire, which are lit during bush meat hunting expeditions. Grasscutters are not the most prolific of rodent species but the high demand, attract market price and small amount of start-up capital required and zero cost of feeding makes grasscutter a suitable mini-livestock activity for income generation in many part of Nigeria.

There are few Nigerians today that are making brisk business in grasscutter farming. Grasscutter farming in Nigeria if pursued with the benefit of the right information and knowledge now available is a very viable commercial venture. Grasscutters are mainly herbivorous; require neither imported component of food nor expensive medical expenses if strict hygiene is maintained because they seldom fall sick. They are easy and very cheap to raise. Gestation period of the grasscutter is about 154 days or five month. Which means they can reproduce twice in a year.

Grasscutter meat is a delicacy in Nigeria today and are served in big hotels and restaurants as well as some joints patronized by middle to high level people.

Depending on your experience, grasscutter can be packaged to outfits as pepper soup meat, suya, frozen, roasted or dried meat. Most Chinese are looking for the meat as regular meal and also to entertain most of their guests from abroad even the doctors say it is good for the aged since it is a white meat and has low cholesterol level which means it is far better than beef which is red meat.
If you rear grasscutter in commercial quantity under good hygienic condition, restaurants and hotels will be your regular customers even your next door neighbor and community members. They will only need your assurance of regular supply per week. There is also good market for grasscutter meat in the international market if only you can do a good packaging and advertisement.


1. They can easily be reared at home in any little available space. Many people live in 3 bedroom apartments but occupy only 2 leaving the other fallow and empty. You can convert that empty room to a grasscutter farm and pay your house rent from that one room. The waste is environment friendly so no one will know what you are doing up there.

2. They command a very good selling price as a family that is made up 5 animals (1male and 4 females) is sold for N45,000 or more. A serious and dedicated farmer can have close to 500 families at a time if well reared.

3. They are herbivorous animals, so they feed mostly on grass which means the cost of feeding is almost zero compared to feeding in other forms of livestock farming e.g. Poultry, fish etc.

4. Grasscutters are polygamous in nature, hence it makes it easy to raise them in captivity and in large numbers.

5. It is a multimillionaire business, if one can take the courage of breeding them on commercial scale.

6. It is a business venture that can be started on small scale with a space of less than one room you don't need to buy a land or set your convert your inherited farmland into a grasscutter farm.

7. Source of income and employment, one can depend on grasscutter for his livelihood. In fact, grasscutter farming should create job opportunities for urban and rural dwellers. The business of producing, processing, transporting, storing, financing and servicing grasscutter products should give employment to many people. 


1. Provision of relevant species of grasscutter for farming, consumption and export etc.
2. Meeting demand of hotels, eatries, resturants, club houses etc for their grasscutters supplies in large quantities.
3. Training of would be grasscutter farmers, farmers, exporters on the latest methodology of grasscutter farming in Nigeria, grasscutter trade and export.
4. Organizing of excursion for students from primary schools, secondary schools to tertiary institutions.
5. Providing avenue for industrial training on grasscutter farming in Nigeria technology to students/graduates from various higher institutions in Nigeria, Ghana and across other West Africa countries.
6. Provision of training materials and videos on all aspects of grasscutter farming in Nigeria and at international level.
7. Assisting exporters of grasscutters on the know how of going about grasscutters exportation from Nigeria.
8. Continue research into grasscutter farming, working with government parastatals and universities on new development in grasscutter farming industry.

 For further information call: 08036721009 or 08076075205, 07088788710. E-mail.


  1. Thank you for providing me the information about grass cutter.According to it is a money making way in nigeria because of higher demand but i think it is also valuable in India also.

    1. Thank you for your observation. We can join hands to make our people enjoy it more and make money out of it and thereby create employment opportunities for the unemployed.

  2. am really interested on this grass cutter farming, my challenges are proper training