|January 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm #5070|
Unhappy that wild animals have being destroying their fields and plantations, aggrieved farmers from Nanoda-Bicholim have decided to meet Forest Minister Alina Saldhana and seek her intervention in the matter.
A special meeting of farmers was organised in the village on Tuesday and it was attended by Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal, ZP member Shilpa Naik, Bharat Swabhiman President Kamlesh Bandekar, RFO Madan Parab, ARS Chief Amrut Singh, environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar and officials from the Agriculture department.
During the meeting, the farmers expressed their concern over the losses suffered by them due to presence of monkeys and wild boars.
A farmer lamented that underground vegetables like elephant foot yam have almost become extinct because of wild boars, while the monkeys have been damaging other plantations.
Sawal and others sympathised with the farmers, while Naik said she will lead a delegation of farmers to the forest minister this week and arrive at a solution to the issue.
Amrut Singh and Rajendra Kerkar said the problem has been created because people have cut the forest and the animals are forced to enter the human habitat.
Singh expressed his willingness to catch the monkeys provided the forest department, villagers or the government provides some monetary assistance.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Aggrieved Nanoda farmers to seek Alina’s intervention“