China to send duck army to help Pakistan fight locustsChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 27, 2020
China is planning to dispatch 100,000 ducks to help Pakistan combat a massive locust infestation, a local newspaper reported today.
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China deployed ducks, whose natural diet includes insects, to fight a similar infestation in its northwestern region of Xinjiang two decades ago, reportedly with considerable effectiveness. Their use is both much less expensive and environmentally damaging than the use of pesticides, the paper quoted Zhejiang Provioncial Institute of Agricultural Technology researcher Lu Lizhi as saying.
Ducks are also more suited to the task than other poultry, such as chickens, Lu said. ■