The agriculture ministry in conjunction with an Australian research centre are launching a large scale, environment-friendly rat-control programme, the first of its kind in the Southeast Asia.
The programme, based on years of studies in Vietnam’s rice growing regions, will disseminate various methods including placing traps on trees and cushioning damage caused by the rodent to farmers across the country.
The four-year project, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, is to cost several million US dollars.
Every year the region’s rice growers lose some 15% of their crops to rats.
Vietnam is now one of the world’s leading rice exporters, second only to Thailand.