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Duck Farming - An Indonesian Tradition

Duck farming has been an integral part of Indonesian society for centuries. It has been developed and adapted to meet the needs of people living under a wide range of conditions.

In Southern Kalimantan, people live in floating houses on an enormous swamp, where they farm over a million ducks, mainly for eggs.

In Java and Bali, herders follow the rice harvest, enabling their ducks to flourish on the fallen grain. Specialist catchers hunt frogs, rats and snakes to supplement the ducks' diet. Ingenious incubation methods have been developed to guarantee a high hatching rate.

But more intensive farming methods are needed if production is to meet the needs of the rapidly growing human population. A Research Institute in Java, set up by the Indonesian and Australian governments, aims to increase productivity by improved feeding and breeding techniques.

This film explores the diversity of duck farming techniques and traditions and, in the process, gives a unique perspective to the complexities of Indonesian society.

Produced in 1982.

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