Aug 28, 2008

Rat meat price soars in Cambodia

In Cambodia, the demand of rat meat is increasing day by day. According to Reuters, rising inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor Cambodian people and that's why demand for rat meat is increasing.

With 37 percent inflation rate, beef costs 20,000 riel a kg. So, spicy field rat dishes with garlic thrown in have become particularly popular among Cambodian people. The increasing demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat up to around 5,000 riel (69 pence) from 1,200 riel last year.

The situation is also favorable for the villagers. Due to flood, rat are fleeing to higher ground and villagers are catching them very easily. A Cambodian agriculture official said that the demand of rat meat is also increasing among the Vietnamese living on the border with Cambodia. He estimated that Cambodia supplied more than a tonne of live rats a day to Vietnam.


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