Can Tho plans major offensive against rats

By Cuu Long   March 14, 2021 | 10:30 am GMT+7
Can Tho plans major offensive against rats
Rats are locked in a cage for sale as food in Can Tho City. Photo by VnExpress/Cuu Long.
The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will spend VND30 billion ($1.3 million) over the next five years to kill rats and reduce crop damage.

Most of the money, VND22.5 billion, will come from the city’s budget and local farmers will contribute the rest.

Farmers will receive 1,600 training sessions from now until 2025 on how to protect their crops and minimize the damage caused by rats.

They will also receive traps and rat poison.

Can Tho has more than 80,000 hectares of rice fields, over 20,000 orchards and nearly 15,000 hectares of vegetables. For several years now, farmers have been complaining about rats infesting their rice fields and damaging other crops.

The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's agriculture and aquaculture hub, accounting for 17.7 percent of the country’s GDP, 54 percent of rice production, 60 percent of fruits and 70 percent of seafood, according to official figures.

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