Philippines declares war on rice-ruining rats

The Department of Agriculture is declaring war on rats, which have been blamed for more than 5 percent of the country’s lost crops.

The Department of Agriculture is declaring war on rats, which have been blamed for more than 5 percent of the country’s lost crops.

 

James Konstantin Galvez of the Manila Times reports DA will use  "pellet-type feeds, which will be embedded with live microorganisms and biological rat control agent" in a campaign that will eventually go nationwide.  This will be accompanied by a "massive rat baiting program."

 

"We will conduct the pilot program in Iloilo and Negros Occidental by first quarter of 2013. It will be an island-wide implementation since rat infestation in these provinces is at its worst," the report quotes DA assistant secretary Dante Delima as saying.

 

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