Videos: Duck-Rice Farming

They are not only pest-eaters, but fertilize as they go and as well as rice harvest there is eggs & duck produced..

Duck Field Rice organic farm in Miaoli

All over the world, farmers use pesticide to increase productivity, which puts a huge strain on the environment. That's why more and more growers are turning to organic methods. 

This week, we'll be bringing you a series of reports on the development of organic farming here in Taiwan, starting with a visit to Miaoli, where a local association called "Duck Field Rice" is bringing animal and plant life back to the paddy fields. It's good news for the environment, and the rice quality and yield are up as well.

Ducks to the weeding at this farm

Little ducklings take to the paddy field, which has just been planted with rice. They look adorable. But they have a serious mission to clear the field of weeds and pests.

Duck Field Rice president, Li Qingzhang:"Ducks eat green things, including weeds, and after dabbling, they mix up the water and make it cloudy, which helps block the sunlight, and slows down the growth of weeds. If there are pests, they will eat them too."

Former bike part maker

The man who came up with the idea of going back to the duck farming method of his grandmother's age, is a former bicycle parts company boss, Li Qingzhang, who says, making the switch to agriculture was a challenge.

Duck Field Rice president, Li Qingzhang:"The ducks will also destroy little rice seedlings by eating and even treading on them. The duration, the size of the ducks, and the growth time of the seedlings has to be controlled. So later we developed what we call the Duck Field Rice method."

Li Qingzhang saw country life vanishing

The president of the ecological association, which is also called "Duck Field Rice", says he developed his formulae through trial and error. Brought up on a traditional farm, Li Qingzhang made a success of his local bicycle parts business. But he noticed how the countryside, that he knew and loved from his childhood, was rapidly fading away.

Li says after chemical agricultural methods were introduced, living organisms completely disappeared from the farms.

Filter pools teaming with life

On his ecological farm, Li points out the gaps in the rocks beside the pool, which provide a habitat for fish and crustaceans. A second and third pool, filter the water using a variety of plants to purify the supply.   The clever water cleaning system is also a breeding pond for living organisms. Even the rocks come from a local quarry. 

Rice production and quality up

The ecosystem exists in harmony with the farm. Production and quality are both way up, proving that sustainable agricultural methods can work in practice. The pioneer farm has attracted the interest people from all walks of life, who come here to volunteer.

Duck Field Rice general manager, Xiao Minghong:"We've been close to nature since childhood. Thinking back, we feel if we don't start caring, then things will keep getting worse and worse. "

Husband and wife volunteer on farm

A former landscape gardener, Xiao Minghong now extols the virtues of ecological farming. One of his converts is his wife, Lin Cuilian, who now helps monitor the aquatic habit.
Lin says, these water traps keep track of the size of the fish population, which varieties have been introduced, and whether they are flourishing. 

The rewards of organic farming

The joy of seeing species reproduce successfully is what attracted the homemaker to the farm. 
Duck Field Rice member, Lin Cuilian:"I first put my toe in the water, then both feet, and finally I took the plunge and threw myself into it! You have to care about the land, and after you put your heart into it, I think the plants and animals will reward you. "

Poultry Forage Plant List

By Arina Pittman

Nankin cherry 

Sand Cherry 

Siberian Pea Shrub 

Day Lily 



Black Mulberry, White Mulberry 

Black Locust 

Sea Buckthorn 

Pasture Grass 



Strawberry clover 

Brassicas (mustard, broccoli etc) 

Hairy Vetch 

Crown Vetch 



Berries – currants, gooseberries, raspberry