A Taiwanese university student started farming cockroaches as pet food which he now turns into a thriving business that makes thousands of dollars. The student, identified as Tong, started buying cockroaches merely as a source of food for his pet.
The 20-year-old eventually realized that spending for these intrusive insects frequently can be quite cumbersome for his budget. With that said, the Taiwanese student started farming cockroaches on his own in order to lessen his expenses.
Fortunately for Tong, he met an expert cockroach farmer named Tse who was willing to collaborate with him to open up their very own cockroach farm. After six months, the Taiwanese student already had about 30,000 to 40,000 cockroaches in his possession.
Now, Tong makes about TWD 200,000 ($6,624) on a monthly basis from his cockroach farm, according to ChinaPress. With a business that handles cockroaches on a daily basis, one might assume that Tong loves these skittish creatures.
This isn’t the case for Tong since the Taiwanese student admitted that running a cockroach farm wasn’t an easy task due to his fear of the insects. While the thought of breeding and selling cockroaches might sound unsettling, it’s actually a very profitable venture.
As a matter of fact, cockroach breeding is already recognized as a booming business in China. According to CBS, Chinese pharmaceuticals often buy bulks of these notorious insects since cockroaches are used in traditional medicine.
Cockroaches are often crushed and made to fit into a pill which is said to cure a variety of diseases if consumed. There are even those who prefer deep-frying these insects since these are considered as a delicacy in some parts of China.
Although cockroaches might still be deemed as filthy and repulsive in other parts of the world, one can’t deny the fact that this unwanted household insect can also be seen as a good source of income as well.
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