Agri Business

Planters’ body seeks govt help against animal attacks

PS SUNDAR Coonoor | Updated on January 15, 2018

The Nilgiri Planters’ Association (NPA) has appealed to the Centre and State governments to protect people and estates from wild animal attacks.

“Animal-human conflict is on the rise and tea estates, being a good cover for wild animals, are the worst affected areas in the Nilgiris, resulting in plantation crops and property being destroyed, people being killed and livestock eliminated,” said NPA Chairman Mohamed Iqbal.

“Central schemes like Project Tiger and Project Elephant should identify the areas prone to such conflicts. Some reasons for wild animals coming into human habitat are dehydration, depleting natural prey-base and changing crop pattern,” he said.

Measures such as the construction of boundary walls, installation of solar fences and barbed wiring and digging of trenches are necessary, he further noted.

Published on November 04, 2016

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