This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8190: Technology transfer and promotion of
ecologically-based and sustainable rodent control strategies in South
Africa and R8441: Rodent management in South Africa.
Cheap, safe methods of controlling rats are now available to villagers
in South Africa. New rat traps and an understanding of how and why rats
should be controlled helps rural communities protect their stored grain
and reduce risks to their health. Rats not only damage and destroy crops
but also affect humans—they contaminate water and food with debilitating
and even deadly diseases. Safe baits to control rats are ineffective.
So, people resort to rat poisons that are very dangerous. Cases of
accidental poisoning are common. Rural communities in the Limpopo and
North Region of KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa now use traps to
control rats. The South African company that produces the traps—a
low-cost, break-back design—already can't keep up with demand.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (18 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP62, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 104.