Within seven days of planting his rice the Golden Apple snail attacks the young plants. There's about one snail every one square meter. These snails can bury themselves underground for 6 months and survive without eating. So he can't rely on pesticide only to control it.
“The golden Apple snail is really affecting my life because I waste so much time controlling it”, he says, “It is also costing me a lot of money in pesticide”. Sometimes when there's a high infestation of snails, he has to plant all over again which is also a big loss for him.
- Lower yields and profits
- More time spent in the field, less time spent with family