At Rs 200/kg, rat meat a prized delicacy in this Eastern Indian village
Posted on December 26th, 2018

Destined to be boiled, skinned and then cooked in a spicy gravy, rat is more popular than chicken and pork with customers at the Sunday market in the village of Kumarikata in Assam.

At Rs 200/kg, rat meat a prized delicacy in this Eastern Indian village

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Shoppers buy hundreds of freshly caught and skinned rats that local farmers say are hunted to avoid damage to their fields in the state which borders Bhutan. The ready-roasted kind also goes down well.

Rat has become a valuable source of income for the tribal people who struggle to make ends meet working in Assam’s famed tea gardens.

In the winter months when tea picking slumbers, the tribals go to rice paddies to trap rats for the market.

A kilogram of rat meat, which is considered a delicacy, sells for about Rs 200 — as much as for chicken and pork.

Farmers say the region has seen growing numbers of rats in recent years.

We put traps in the fields as the rats eat people’s paddy,” Samba Soren, a rat vendor at Kumarikatan, said.

The vendors have to work at night to make sure other predators do not get to the dead rats first. Some of the rodents are hunted at night during the harvesting season with traps made from bamboo.

The traps are placed at the entrance of the rat-holes in the evening and the rodents are caught as they come out to scavenge.

The rodents are hunted at night during the harvesting season with traps made from bamboo.

The traps are placed at the entrance of the rat-holes in the evening and the rodents are caught as they come out to scavenge.

The vendors have to work at night to make sure other predators do not get to the dead rats first. Some of the rats weigh more than a kilogram and the market traders say they get between 10 and 20 kilograms a night.

(The featured image at the top shows freshly caught rats being sold in this Assamese village bordering Bhutan. Photo: AFP)

One Response to “At Rs 200/kg, rat meat a prized delicacy in this Eastern Indian village”

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