Barely a year ago, Mirabel Allassani ventured into the quail farming business; she is looking at expanding the business by producing more for the international market.
Mirabel is a graduate of NAFTI and a filmmaker. According to her, she has developed a great interest in quail farming due to the rapid growth in the business.
She hopes to make quail farming a permanent business after experiencing substantial growth in sales barely a year after she started.
“I will do quail farming any day because they don’t give you any stress. All that they need is a conducive environment. From May 2019, till now I have realized I am interested in this business,” she said.
According to her, quail farming is one of the best when it comes to poultry.
Mirabel says she is hoping to expand her business and also train individuals who are interested in quail farming as well.
She is hoping to be one of the biggest exporters of quail in Ghana.
“Within the next five years, I want to be known as one of the best quail farmers in the country. I am looking at exporting some of the quail eggs and meat while I train people who are interested in the business as well,” she added.
Quail eggs are small with black spots on them. For those seeing them for the first time, they would assume erroneously though that they are spoilt or dirty. Far from that, that is the colour of the highly nutritious eggs.
With the nutritional value of quail eggs three to four times more than chicken ones, they are in high demand in countries where many know them.
Daily consumption of quail eggs helps fight many diseases and also supports the immune system. They are high in nutrients and a good source of protein for people who are allergic to chicken.
In countries such as Kenya, quail farming is a serious business although one needs a permit to go into it because of the state protection of wildlife in the East African country.
An estimated 1.4 billion quails are farmed annually for their meat and eggs, with over 80% produced in China.