Ducks help rice farming
“Rice-duck farming” using ducklings to eat weeds and insects that hinder the growth of rice began in Naganuma Town in mid-June. This farming technique contributes to the reduction or elimination of chemical use, and stimulates crop growth as the movements of ducks stir the soil.
Farm Kitora, which produces and sells rice and vegetables, has grown chemical-free rice using this technique for more than 20 years. This year, the technique was employed for 1.8 hectares out of 19 hectares of rice paddies, and 180 twenty-day-old ducklings were released into the paddies.
“Duck rice” is popular and sells out within 3 weeks after orders begin every year. Ducks will work in the paddies until rice comes into ear in late July.
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