Bangladesh’s Special Rat Taskforce

Rahul Jayaram teaches at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
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Two men have gone on an all-out war. Their enemy is the rat. Both live in Bangladesh. Farmer Mokhairul Islam was rewarded by the government for killing 83,450 rats over the last nine months. But he wasn’t alone in his mission. The second guy was Fakhrul Haque Akhanda, who killed only 37,450 rats. Such is the rat menace in the country that its ministry for agriculture reckons that rodents decimate 1.5 million to two million tonnes of food a year. Islam was rewarded a television for his services. Indeed, he had kept the tails of the rats that had been feeding off his farm.