Padi farmers lose thousands to rats
Published on: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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POKOK SENA: More than 60 padi farmers in Kampung Kolam, in Tualang sub-district here faced losses amounting to several hundred thousands ringgit when almost 90 per cent of their crops had been destroyed by rats and other pests in the past two months.

One of the affected padi farmers, Zulkifli Ramli, 42, said the problems could be due to the system of drainage which was frequent blocked during the rainy season, making it difficult for them to control the breeding of pests.

“We used to pour pesticides into the padi fields to control rats and other pests but when drainage system failed, the padi fields became waterlogged during rain.

“The excess water diluted the poison in the padi fields and rendered them ineffective to control rats which continued to grow in greater number and attacked our crops,” he told Bernama here.

According to him, there were owls which kept the growth of rats in check but the birds had probably died after eating the poisoned rats.

Zulkifli said about 30 hectares of padi farms in the village were destroyed by rats and other pests such as gold apple snails (SGE) and seed eating birds.  – Bernama



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