The sale of venom is fast becoming very profitable to some youths in Egypt, but very dangerous to most people.
A group of young Egyptians in Cairo have invested in the rare business of scorpion breeding.
With very little investment, they’ve established a project called Venoms Farm, which produces scorpion venom for pharmaceutical companies.
The traders said the project can start with as little as 2,000 U.S. dollars of initial investment and a 16 square-meter room.
One thousand scorpions produce a bit over 1 gram of dried venom sold domestically for about 800 U.S. dollars, which are used by pharmaceuticals to create antibiotics, vaccinations and other medicines.
The traders say they realised scorpion bites strengthen the immune system, and increase red and white blood cells.
Scorpion venom, according to them, is only useful for six months, after which it will not be as pure as required for business.