Rat-catchers in Mozambique

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Residents in a Mozambique village make a business of catching and selling rats. One stick with 6-7 rats on its helps them earn 10 metical (20 euro cent). One rat-catcher can make around 2 euros per day. Rats are the only meat that Mozambique’s poor people can buy for their meals everyday.

 


Around seven tenth of Mozambique’s people live in rural areas. Rat hunters set fires to flush out these animals from the bush and forests to breed for consumption. According to Manica Province’s Forest and Wildlife Services, rat hunters caused 43 wildfires in 2007 and 60 in 2008.

 


Rat-catchers in Mozambique

Rat-catchers in Mozambique

 


Residents in a Mozambique village make a business of catching and selling rats.

Residents in a Mozambique village make a business of catching and selling rats.

 


6-7 rats are sold at 10 metical.

6-7 rats are sold at 10 metical.

 


One rat-catcher can make around 2 euros per day.

One rat-catcher can make around 2 euros per day.

 


Take Albinio Matias who lives in the Macossa district of Manica Province in central Mozambique for example. This Mozambican farmer lost his daughter and home to wildfires. Raising domesticated rats has partly saved him a great deal of pain. In addition, raising rats could help the poor make ends meet. Jose Monteiro, a field officer at ICT, said that they were teaching the population to raise rats in large cages in stead of setting fire to catch rats. According to a Macossa resident said the time of forest fires has passed.

 


Rats seem to be the only meat for Mozambique’s poor people.

Rats seem to be the only meat for Mozambique’s poor people.

 


Around seventy percent of Mozambique’s 20 million people live in rural areas.

Around seventy percent of Mozambique’s 20 million people live in rural areas.

 


Residents set fires to flush out rats from the bush.

Residents set fires to flush out rats from the bush.

 


There were about 43 wildfires in 2007 and the figure rose to 60 in 2008.

There were about 43 wildfires in 2007 and the figure rose to 60 in 2008.

 


Mozambique, a country in southeastern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania, was one of the world’s poorest countries at its independence in 1975. Despite being favored by gentle turquoise seas and peaceful, broad beaches, the country’s economy was affected by a severe drought, economic dependence, large-scale emigration, and a prolonged civil war. These hindrances did not pass until the mid 1990’s.

 


Raising domesticated rats also help them to earn money.

Raising domesticated rats also help them to earn money.

 

 

Related links:

How To Catch A Rat

Magical Mozambique

The Republic Of Mozambique

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    Ossie Ikeogu- 2010/10/26 04:18:19 am

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