Sky-high prices for rat meat

While even a single rat in our backyard in Riga is a disaster, Cambodians are paying quadruple prices in order to get their specialty of rat meat on a dinner table. It would be quite an adventure for me to taste this kind of “exotic” animal meat.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said on Wednesday.

“Many children are happy making some money from selling the animals to the markets, but they keep some for their family,” Ly Marong, an agriculture official, said by telephone from the Koh Thom district on the border with Vietnam.

“Not only are our poor eating it, but there is also demand from Vietnamese living on the border with us.”

He estimated that Cambodia supplied more than a tonne of live rats a day to Vietnam.

But the kids seem to like it. Good meat and good money. Maybe there is someone in Europe who can make a business, exporting rats there, if the local rats are edible in Asia, of course.

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