In a proposal to mitigate man-elephant conflict, a group of around 700 villagers in Assam’s Nagaon district has donated around 33 acres of community land for the wild elephants. The farmers from the Ronghang and Hatikhali areas of the district.
They have donated the land for the third consecutive land to generate different food zones for wild elephants. Well, now this initiative reduces human-elephant conflicts.
A herd of wild elephant often sneaks into the area in search of food from the adjoining Karbi Anglong district and destroy the paddy fields of the area and in this process, many elephants, as well as a human, have lost their lives.
The farmers had started the initiative in 2019, said wildlife activist Binod Dulu Bora. He said, “We have taken this initiative by aiming to reduce man-elephant conflict. Growing paddy for elephants was the idea of Pradip Kumar Bhuyan the director of Hatibondhu. A herd of 150-200 elephants can damage 2000 bigha of cropland at night.”