>> This farm in southwestern China breeds billions and billions of cockroaches.
e company called Good Doctor, claims to have the biggest farm of its kind. Inside it's dark, warm and humid just like the roaches like it. You might be asking why the world needs more of these pests.
Well, in China, these versatile little bugs mean business, they're being used for everything from medicine, to food, and even waste disposal. This factory specializes in breeding roaches for their supposed health benefits. It's claimed that some parts of the bugs can be extracted and crunched into medicine, curing ailments from stomach illnesses to the common cold.
Researchers are even interested in using them in diet pills and hair loss remedies. Reuters' Thomas Suen was brave enough to tour the facility.>> Now the drying tanks behind me they are using for producing the Chinese traditional medicine from the cockroaches. The company first dry the cockroaches and put them into the tank and then extract valued parts from the cockroaches for the traditional Chinese medicine.
>> Farms like these are popping up across China, this company in the Eastern Shandong Province uses them as a novel form of waste disposal. China is facing something of a garbage crisis, expanding cities are generating more food wastes than they can handle. Enter the roach, these little pests can munch their way through mountains of food scraps, 50 tonnes a day to be exact.
And without getting too graphic, the waste the roaches create can even be recycled into fertilizer. The company already has plans to set up three more plants in the new year. And it's not just big companies interested in these little bugs, Mi Bingkai is the proud owner of 3 million roaches.
His remote village already has two farms, his goal is to create 20. He's made a business out of selling them as livestock feed. Sometimes, they also provide a tasty treat for his family.