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Army of 100,000 ducks deployed to combat locust infestation

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Independent.co.uk

‘One duck
is able to eat more than 200 locusts a day,’ says researcher

China will send troops of ducks to Pakistan to
help battle against a huge locust infestation that poses a threat to regional
food security.

At
least 100,000 ducks will be deployed 4,827 kilometres (nearly 3,000 miles) from
the eastern province of Zhejiang to Pakistan, which shares a border with the
Xinjiang province. Lu Lizhi, a researcher at the Zhejiang Provincial Institute of
Agricultural Technology, told local newspaper The Ningbo
Evening News
 the ducks proved to be an effective method of
controlling locust infestations 20 years ago. In 2000, a 700,000-strong army of ducks and chickens were sent to
Xinjiang to gain control over swarms of locusts that devoured over 3.8 million
hectares of crops and grassland.

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