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Rats attack 300 hectares of rice fields in Banyumas

  • gus Maryono

    THE JAKARTA POST

BANYUMAS   /   Sat, January 17 2009   /  05:25 pm

Farmers in four regencies have been left reeling with failed crops after rats struck 300 hectares of rice paddies in Banyumas, Central Java, over the past two weeks. On Friday, provincial agriculture agency official Tri Gunawan said rats usually only attacked 2- to 3-month-old rice stalks. "We don't know the real cause of this. "Usually the rats attack paddies that do not have the same planting season as others," he said. The staggered planting seasons mean the rats are constantly supplied with food. Tri said his office had encou-raged farming communities to handle the rats using conventional methods. ask farmers to ambush the rats together. Although they may not be able to kill them all, at least the effort can help reduce the rat population," he said. Tri also pointed to the decreasing number of the rats' predator...