Leta Paharia shows us some of the indigenous, home-made rat traps of the Santhal Parganas region of Jharkhand.  A small farmer of Ghaghri village in Sunderpahari block of Godda district, Leta makes these traps himself. So do many other older generation men of the Santal and Paharia tribes.

The traps are kept in the paddy fields, or wherever grain is stored, and the Adivasis find them effective in catching the rodents. The devices you see in the video clips here are made of bamboo and sal (Shorea robusta) wood. There are other designs too in the rat traps made here. But these were the three I filmed when I visited Ghaghri in November 2016.

Anupam Paul

Dr. Anupam Paul is deputy director, Government Agricultural Training Centre, Fulia, in Nadia district of West Bengal. He is a passionate folk rice conservator.

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