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Rodents attack Georgia2010-12-24 14:30
Farmers in several regions of Georgia have been simultaneously attacked by field mice. The rodents destroy grain seeds leaving people without hope for a good harvest in 2011, so desired after the dry summer of 2010. Georgia's ministry of agriculture blames global warming that keeps mice awake in their holes. Village residents, however, complain that the state provides anti-rodent chemicals only to those who grow trendy breeds of grain crops.
Alarming signals arrive from agricultural regions of Georgia. Cultivated lands, scarce as they are, suffer the invasion of hordes of mice. The rodents eat everything starting from grass up to grain crops. In Cachreti village of Gurdzhaani district of Kakhetia they destroyed nearly 140 ha of winter crops.
Recently, when the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia reported on providing anti-rodent remedies to peasants, a different figure was mentioned: that the mice occupy the area of nearly 5,000 ha. Most probably the officials distributed toxic chemicals with regards to this area. These measures are of no effect so far.
"There are lots of field mice in the village. They destroy grain seeds. Some farmers have used chemicals several times, but to no result. Some were given free chemicals; others fight the rodents on their own. Peasants need help! - David Zirakishvili, a Cachreti resident said. According to his neighbors, small creatures also get into the barns and residential houses.
As confirmed for GeorgiaTimes by Kakhetia information center the rodent attack has spread over other regions.
- This is true not only for Kakhetia region, for Dedoplistskaro too. This is a large region near the border with Azerbaijan. And Khevsureti (north-east of Georgia - ed), as an environmental newspaper recently wrote, - the center's lawyer Lia Khuroshvili said.
Mice have been terrorizing Georgian agrarians for a year already. In summer they attacked grain crops in Dedoplitskaro district. They were starving and had monstrous appetite. According to farmer Elisbar Imerlishvili, every day these gray and red beasts ate yearly amount of stuff.
There was no chance of fighting the rodents in summertime for it was the grain harvest period and the use of poison was not allowed. People waited for the autumn to come. As a result, the mice have thriven so actively, that even by the New Year there's no way stopping them.