Grasscutter rearing - Ghana's new job opportunity
Grasscutters, or cane rats, are Africa's second largest rodent, after the porcupine. Their meat is a rich source of protein, and they are a popular food in many African countries. Up till now, grasscutters have generally been hunted in the wild, but rearing them is very straightforward. They are susceptible to few disease or health problems and can be easily maintained on a wide variety of foods. In Ghana, the agricultural ministry is now encouraging grasscutter rearing as an income-generating activity for young farmers like Joseph Prempeh. Joseph explains what is involved, and ministry director Eli Kumatse explains why grasscutter rearing is good for the environment as well as the young farmers.
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