Padi farmers affected by rat infestation to receive aid from govt

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Aug 2018

KEPALA BATAS: The rat infestation in Penang’s padi fields has been declared a natural disaster and affected farmers will get aid from the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry’s disaster relief fund.

Its deputy minister Sim Tze Tzin said the farmer’s losses were being assessed to determine the aid amount.

“As for the rats, we have been spreading rice grains laced with rodenticide since June.

“Our officers have reported that the rat population is under control and will not spread to other areas,” said Sim, who is also PKR’s Bayan Baru MP.

Other padi farmers, he said, had been told to contact the ministry’s Integrated Agriculture Development Area, which helps to manage crop production, should they see more rats than usual in their fields.

Rats have swum down from jungles upriver with the flood that hit mainland Penang last November.

Many low-lying areas stayed submerged for up to three days after the storm as every river on the mainland had burst its banks, with water gushing down for days from mountains as far as the Ulu Muda region along the Kedah-Thai border.

The rats found themselves in padi fields, most of which line river banks.

Sim said out of the 29ha of padi fields in Paya Keladi near here being plagued by rats, 3ha were a total loss while others faced various stages of destruction.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Environment , rats , poison , owls


Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

Sarawak records 252 new Covid-19 cases, one death
Covid-19: New cases fall below 2,000 for third straight day, eight fatalities bring death toll to 1,177
Covid-19: Cases up by 1,529, bringing total to 314,989 (updated daily)
EMCO in four areas in Maran ends ahead of schedule
Cops investigating woman's murder in Taman Bangi
Cops arrest suspect for allegedly stabbing 78-year-old man in Johor
PM: Ungku Aziz's achievements should encourage Malaysians to overcome issue of poverty
Proposal to be submitted to NSC to allow 4,000 fans at football stadiums, says Reezal
Ministry investigating claims of black patches of water in Sg Kim Kim, Johor
Seventy-nine summonses issued in police ops against those who modified motor exhausts

Stories You'll Enjoy