Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Farmers Use Ducklings As Aigamo Organic Rice Farming

TATSUNO, JAPAN - JUNE 17, 2015:  One week old duckling paddles as look food in Ichihara’s Organic Rice filed on June 17, 2015 in Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Japanese rice farmer Tadashi Ichihara works with nearly 300 ducklings to eliminate weeds and insects in the rice fields. Ichihara who is one of leading farmer use "Aigamo Method," a method of using ducklings as the alternative to chemicals in the rice farming since 1999. That Aigamo Method developed by Japanese farmer Takao Furuno in 1989, since then his methods have applied more than 75,000 farmers in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, The Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Iran, France and Cuba.

About one or two weeks after seeding have been planted the ducklings releasing into a 1,000 square meters rice field, which farmland surrounded by an electric fence for ducklings protect by dogs, cats, crows and other wild animals. Also ducklings need necessary shelter edge of farmland that they can rest and take refuge from rain.
(Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Zoo Keepers Clean Hippo's Teeth

Kiboko, a 31 year old Hippopotamus, opens her mouth for tooth cleaning with a new 5-foot (1.5 meter) toothbrush at the Himeji Zoo on June 4, 2015 in Himeji, Japan. Kiboko's teeth are annually cleaned by zoo keepers and elementary school children as part of tooth cleaning education for children. June 4th is the national cavity prevention awareness day in Japan.(Photo Buddhika weerasinghe)

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