03 Nov '11, 12am

Cambodian floods spark shortage of rat meat: PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - So many rats have drowned in Cambodia's worst flooding in over a decade that the cross-border trade in the rodent's meat has plummeted, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday. 'Each year 17 tonnes of rats are exported to Vietnam. This year there is a shortage of rats for export because the rats have died in the floods,' he said, citing reports from officials at the southern Chrey Thom border checkpoint. While there are no clear figures on the scale of the industry, rat meat is considered a cheap and tasty treat in Vietnam and the country is a keen importer of live rats from Cambodian villages along the border.

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