FARMERS in Shan State (North) have begun earning extra income by capturing and selling parrots as part of the celebrations of the rice harvest season.
“We catch the parrots which come to our rice farm to eat our paddies and then sell them for K3,500 each to visitors at pagodas and recreational areas around PyinOoLwin. They can then keep them as pets,” a farmer said.
A farmer can capture 20 to 30 parrots per day.
Parrots leave their natural forest habitant to feed when rice fields ripen.
Thet Naing (Pyin Oo Lwin)