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Rats destroy crops in Mkg
Published on 27 Aug. 2010 1:16 AM IST
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A swarm of rats has obliterated paddy fields and farms in several villages under Mokokchung district following bamboo flowering in one of the bamboo species known by Aos as “Ashi” (Bambusa Pallida).
“The situation was alarming as swarms of rat invading fields and devouring crops were reported every day,” district agriculture officer (DAO), Mokokchung, Bendangtemsu said.
He said that reports of destruction of crops, particularly paddy fields, by nocturnal rat swarms, were received from several villages including Mangmetong, Kinunger, Changki, Chungliyimsen, Dibuia, Waromong, Longjang, Japu, Longsemdang, and a number of villages from Tzurangkong range.
DAO Mokokchung said two mini trucks, loaded with chemicals (Ruban, Ratol and Ecodon) arrived at Mokokchung and were distributed to those affected villages to control burgeoning population of rats.
According to Bendangtemsu the department was considering of procuring “Zinc Phosphates” if need be, to control the menace.
The officer, however, said that the chemical would be utilized only when situation went beyond control. He was apprehensive of using “Zinc Phosphates” as the chemical not only eradicate rats but also kill other mammals, birds and insects.
Officers and field staffs from the department are closely monitoring the situation in the district by visiting those affected villages, he said.
The phenomenon of bamboo flowering and rat infestation was last seen in 1961-62 in the District where number of villages were severely hit resulting in starvation among the people, a DIPR bulletin stated.

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