China plans to send an army of 100,000 ducks to help Pakistan combat a massive locust infestation, a local newspaper reported Thursday.
The legion of water birds that feed on lotus will be sent from the eastern province of Zhejiang after the previous arrival of a team of Chinese experts in Pakistan to advise on how to address the infestation, which is said to be the worst in 20 years. said.
China deployed ducks, whose natural diet includes insects, to combat a similar infestation in the northwest region of Xinjiang two decades ago, according to reports, with considerable effectiveness. Its use is much less expensive and harmful to the environment than pesticides, said the researcher at the Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Agricultural Technology, Lu Lizhi.
Ducks are also more suited to the task than other poultry, such as chickens, Lu said.
“Ducks like to stay in a group, so they are easier to handle than chickens,” he said. A duck is also able to eat more than 200 lobsters per day, compared to only 70 for a chicken, Lu said. “They have three times the ability to fight,” he added.
Calls to the provincial government press office for confirmation of the report rang unanswered on Thursday and a number provided to the advertising department at the agricultural science institute was constantly busy.
Pakistan was invaded by the locust swarm last year, which swept through the country’s cotton crop and now threatens the wheat crop.
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