DHAKA: Farmer Abdul Khaleq Mirbohor has been crowned a new national champion rat killer as his team removed more than 160,000 rats during the past 12 months.
The Bangladeshi farmer is awarded 20,000 local currency ($250) at a ceremony in the capital city on Wednesday for getting rid of 161, 220 rodents in a year as part of a nationwide campaign to ward off grain being gulped down by rats.
“Mr Mirbohor is a passionate rat killer. During the ceremony, he told the dignitaries that nothing gives him pleasure more than killing grain-eating rodents,” Abul Kalam Azad, head of the government’s plant production unit, told media.
For this mission, Mirbohor had employed mostly women volunteers, who traced and killed rates in paddy and wheat fields, and submitted the tails of the deceased animals to the regional agriculture office to count them afterwards.
“I’ve been killing rats since 1996. I love killing them. they are the enemy of the country and people. They devour grains, ground nuts and spread diseases,” said the old farmer.
Borhan Uddin, a government official said Mirbohor was ‘obsessed’ with killing rats. ‘Fellow villagers called him mad. He is like a Pied Piper of Hamelin,’ added Uddin.
Meanwhile, the creature spoil 1.5 million to two million tonnes of food annually in Bangladesh, as estimated by the ministry of agriculture of the country.