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13,000 rats killed to protect paddy fields

Update: November, 22/2018 - 15:37
Rats killed to protect the paddy fields in central Quảng Bình Province. – Photo
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG BÌNH — Farmers in central Quảng Bình Province’s Tuyên Hoá Mountainous District said they have collected 13,000 rats in an attempt to curb rat infestation on paddy fields.

The rats were been purchased by local authorities at the cost of VNĐ 2,000-3,000 ($0.08-0.10) per animal.

The move was made after the district’s People’s Committee announced its campaign on deterring rat infestation to protect crops early this week.

The volume of rain water in the area was reported to reach only 30 per cent of total rainfall on average. The hot weather, together with low rainfall, created good conditions for rat development.

As many as 11,000 local people have joined the campaign. — VNS

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