BBC News. (2002, April 26). Vietnam's peasants profit from their nemesis. [Online] Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/asia-pacific/1952760.stm [2002, April 26].
Vietnam; rodents; bushmeat; rice
Vietnamese peasants in the Mekong Delta have found a way to profit from the rats that are overrunning their paddy fields - exporting the rodents for the dinner table.
Demand ranges from southern Vietnam to neighbouring Cambodia, the Ho Chi Minh City daily Tuoi Tre (Youth) reported on Friday.
The province of Bac Lieu alone is reported to supply more than 100 tonnes a day to the two countries' dinner tables.
In a region where farm labour pays as little as $1 a day, rat-catchers are making between 30 and 40 cents a kilo from about 50 specialist distributors.
In the single province of Bac Lieu there are now estimated to be as many as 2,000 full-time rat catchers.
Eating their predators
But environmentalists have pointed out that the reason the farmers are battling with so many rodents in the first place is due to the increasingly exotic tastes they are pandering to. ...