Jumbos not welcome guests for farmers around the woods

  • Jumbos not welcome guests for farmers around the woods
    Summary: BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK: The first two days of the 2017 elephant census had been an underwhelming affair for Naveen BN , a techie from bengaluru who volunteered for the exercise at Bandipur National Park . Farmers living and working in villages on the periphery of Bandipur National Park share Madappa's concerns. We have also ensured farmers are compensated quickly for the crop loss. They used to come into the fields once in a while, and feed on crops such as paddy and sugarcane. As the three-day census operation came to an end on Friday, the threat that the tuskers posed to the livelihood of the farmers gave the volunteers much to ponder about.

    BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK: The first two days of the 2017 elephant census had been an underwhelming affair for Naveen BN , a techie from bengaluru who volunteered for the exercise at Bandipur National Park . Naveen, who had expected to stumble upon a large herd of elephants in the course of his peregrinations through the forest, had been left disappointed, not having sighted even a single tusker on the first two days. However, on Friday - the last day of the census - his disappointment gave way to elation, when he spotted a herd of five elephants, which included a calf during the waterhole count.As part of the waterhole count conducted on the last day of the census, volunteers and resource personnel sit near a water hole, waiting for the elephants to assemble at the spot.

    While the sight of an elephant herd was a source of great delight for volunteers, Madappa M, a farmer of Hosa Birwalu village in HD Kote taluk, less than a kilometre from the park, watched them pass with trepidation. Madappa and members of his family fervently hope not to see any elephants, particularly near their field s where they have sown cotton.Madappa said that, the elephants trampled on the crops within two months of the seeds being sown. "Elephants invading our fields is not new to us.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/jumbos-not-welcome-guests-for-farmers-around-the-woods/articleshow/58759034.cms


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