Leeches bought in Ayeyawady for export to China

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A farmer showing collected leeches.

Trading of leeches has recently developed in Ayeyawady Region, and it is said to be exported to China.
“Apparently, leeches are bought from farmers to export to China. The price is still unclear. Leeches are found in paddy fields, riverbanks and ponds. We didn’t know about it in previous years. But this year, we’ve heard that there are purchases of leech to export to China,” said a resident.
He said he heard unconfirmed news of leech buyers offering high prices a few days ago.
Leeches inhabit paddy fields, riverbanks, and ponds. Fertilizers and pesticides cause them to die; therefore, they have become scarce in cultivated fields in recent years. Leeches attach to the human body, as do animals in paddy fields and ponds.
Except for the dry zone, leeches are found plentifully in highlands, lowlands, and delta regions. — MT/ZS/ED

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