Floods spark shortage of rat meat

2011-11-02 19:48

Phnom Penh - So many rats have drowned in Cambodia's worst flooding in over a decade that the cross-border trade in the rodent's meat has plummeted, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday.

"Each year 17 tons of rats are exported to Vietnam. This year there is a shortage of rats for export because the rats have died in the floods," he said, citing reports from officials at the southern Chrey Thom border checkpoint.

While there are no clear figures on the scale of the industry, rat meat is considered a cheap and tasty treat in Vietnam and the country is a keen importer of live rats from Cambodian villages along the border.

Ros Sothea, chief of Chrey Thom border checkpoint, told AFP he had no statistics on the impact of this year's floods on the trade but he had noticed very few rats were being sold to Vietnam.

"Almost no rats are being exported to Vietnam because the floods have killed them," he said. "Last year, a lot of rats were exported," he said.

Cambodia's deadliest floods since 2000, triggered by heavy rains, have killed at least 247 people and destroyed nearly one tenth of the nation's rice paddy.

  • Oneant - 2011-11-02 20:30

    wait... what?!

      John - 2011-11-02 22:57

      I is an opportunity to breed better animals, with more meat, like asian water buffalo, who do not died in floods... That is how poor communism has left Vietnam, eating rats...

  • africanwolf - 2011-11-02 21:23

    yak disgusting

  • Amani - 2011-11-02 21:48

    Good opportunity for ZA to export its own supply. We got plenty.

  • michel.pieterse - 2011-11-03 06:10

    I see a franchise-able fast-food opportunity "Ratstick". No thats horrible, people would do anything in desperation for food. I will be there on holiday in December and will not be eating any rats I hope...

      Mike - 2011-11-03 07:52

      . How's about "Rat King"? You want fried Frenchies with that? .

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-03 06:29

    All a matter of choice I guess, nothing disgusting about eating rats. Some would say the same about eating snails, which I consider a delicacy. Hard to believe they have actually dented the rat population, it would be good if we developed a taste for the destructive little cretins!

  • Mike - 2011-11-03 06:31

    . Communism, mmmmmm.....Taste Socialism's Yummy Rainbow. Goes great with rat-dip. .

  • Adre - 2011-11-03 06:45

    Isa 66 warns against the eating of rats and pig and so on and so on! It is written for today, because it points to the end of time! So yes, I will starve, but no rat nor pig will pass through my lips, thank you!

      David - 2011-11-03 12:56

      Who is Isa 66 and has this finding been submitted for testing purposes.

  • Peter - 2011-11-03 08:11

    Look no further than the ruling party in SA. Come get, no charge

  • Zifnab - 2011-11-03 10:38

    One McRodent with a cockroach shake please :)

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