Wild boars giv­ing sleep­less nights to farm­ers in Gan­jam

The Hitavada - - NATION -

WILD boars are giv­ing sleep­less nights to farm­ers in parts of Gan­jam district by de­stroy­ing stand­ing crops. In­va­sion of wild boars has be­come a com­mon prob­lem for farm­ers in sev­eral ar­eas of Rangeilunda and Chik­iti blocks, said for­mer zilla par­ishad mem­ber N Dam­buru Reddy.

“We had raised the is­sue in zilla par­ishad meet­ings sev­eral times, but the prob­lem per­sists. Not only do the an­i­mals de­stroy sev­eral acres of paddy crop, they also tram­ple upon kewrda flower plants in Markandi, Ekasingi, In­drakhi, Kuthars­ingh ar­eas,” he said.

The Kalinga Krushak Sa­maj, an or­gan­i­sa­tion fight­ing for a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem, has also urged the Govern­ment to look into the prob­lem. “The wild boars roam freely in herds. Hun­dreds of farm­ers in Digipur, Box­i­palli, Narayan­pur, Alipur, Bikram­pur, Biswanath­pur, Ka­mala­pur, Go­la­bandh, hati­pada, Kir­tipur and Laudiga on vil­lages in Rangeilunda block have suf­fered huge losses,” said Binod Thakur, a paddy farmer. As killing of wild an­i­mals, in­clud­ing boars, is pro­hib­ited un­der the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act, farm­ers do not see a way out of the prob­lem.

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