This week’s story from Tanzania talks about keeping birds away from sorghum. Our Script of the week covers the same topic, only for rice.
Farmers know that if they can’t keep birds away from their rice fields at the end of the growing season, there could be serious consequences. Often, women and children are sent to the fields to guard against birds. But this adds to the women’s workload and keeps children away from school.
This script presents information about some bird-scaring methods that have been widely tested and used by rice farmers, including using cassette tapes, scarecrows, castanets, and nets.