Significance to humans

Cane rats can be a pest by causing great damage to vegetable gardens and crops. The meat of the cane rat is tasty and is widely utilized in African countries. Cane rat meat is much in demand, and they are often hunted in organized drives with spears, dogs, and firearms. In West Africa, people have traditionally captured cane rats in the wild and raised them at home. As an off-spin of this, some farmers have initiated organized cane rat husbandry. Because the meat is considered excellent and a huge market for the meat exists, some farmers in South Africa are showing an interest in farming these animals as micro-livestock.

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