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article imageAt least 1 million cockroaches in great escape from Chinese farm

By Anne Sewell     Aug 26, 2013 in Odd News
Dafeng - Most of us try to avoid cockroaches, but one farm in China is breeding them for use in traditional medicine. Only one problem, one million of said cockroaches have now made their dramatic escape from the facility.
The breeding facility is in Dafeng, in the eastern province of Jiangsu where the cockroaches made their getaway after an "unknown perpetrator" destroyed the plastic greenhouse in which they were raised.
Now disease control authorities have had to send in five investigators to try and come up with a solution to the problem.
While most of us consider cockroaches to be a pest, believers in traditional Chinese medicine say extracts from the insects can treat diseases including cancer, and can reduce inflammation and improve immunity.
According to a media report on Friday, the owner of the farm, Wang Pengsheng, after spending six months developing a business plan, had invested more than 100,000 yuan ($16,000) in 102 kilograms of Periplaneta americana eggs.
Turns out that by the time the greenhouse was damaged, more than 1.5 million cockroaches had hatched. They were being fed food including "fruits and biscuits" every day, according to Wang.
The farmer was hoping to make around 1,000 yuan profit for every kilogram of cockroaches sold, but is now facing losses of hundreds of thousands of yuan.
A huge loss to the farmer, but it can't be a good thing if you live in the surrounding area either.
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