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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rice Duck farming

Japanese farmer Takao Furuno is architect of integrated rice duck farming. In this method the rice crop is grown along with duck farming. Duck farming helps control pests and other harmful insects in rice farm.

Duck is useful bird. Its eggs and meat are useful sources of protein. the bird can be used to provide supplemental income for farmers. Another benefit is to produce meat.

Duck’s meat is halal if slaughtered according to Islamic principles. Halal food market has grown to 1.1 trillion dollars in 2013.

 Duck fat contains 35.7% saturates, 50.5 monounsaturates,and 13.7% polyunsaturated fats (containing omega-6 and omega-3 essential oils). This resembles olive oil which contain 75% monounsaturated fats (oleic acid), 13 % saturated fats, and 10% omega-6 linoleic acid and 2% Omega-3 linoleic acid.

Duck meat is also a source of zinc and selenium. Zinc can also boost your immune system while selenium helps your thyroid function properly.

The droppings of ducks can act as a fertilizer. Ducks also churn up water with their feet hence providing oxygen to rice plant roots, thereby boosting growth of the plant. Using this method per acre yield of rice can be increased to two fold.  Furthermore the rice produced using organic method is more wholesome as compared to grown using pesticides. Organically grown rice also fetch high price in the market. 

Popularizing duck rice farming method can help solve food problem as rice provides carbohydrates to human population. Duck and rice farming when combined increase per acreage yield of rice. Using organic method of agriculture can also help reduce damage to ecosystem.

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