[hepr-vn] UN BREEDING BARN OWLS TO STAMP OUT CROP-EATING RODENTS IN LAOS
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Subject: UN BREEDING BARN OWLS TO STAMP OUT CROP-EATING RODENTS IN LAOS
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 19:00:05 -0400
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UN BREEDING BARN OWLS TO STAMP OUT CROP-EATING RODENTS IN LAOS
New York, Jul 17 2009 7:00PM
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is breeding barn owls
under an innovative new programme that hopes to deter rodents from attacking
crops in northern Laos.
Rats in Laos turned their attention to crops last year, with devastating results
for farmers, after bamboo plants flowered and the number of bamboo seeds
decreased as a result. To prevent a repeat of that situation,
<"http://www.fao.org/">FAO is using the barn owl, a natural predator, to control
the rodent population.
Serge Verniau, the agency’s representative in Laos, told UN Radio yesterday that
FAO is not promoting rodenticide, but rather using the barn owl “to mitigate the
risk and to avoid other outbreaks.”
The three-year scheme, he stressed, requires the cooperation of farmers.
At present, the initiative – the pilot version of which will be launched next
month – has no donor support, but Mr. Verniau voiced hope that support will be
forthcoming because “business as usual” can no longer continue.
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