Kamareddy farmers’ novel means to protect crops

THE HANS INDIA |   Feb 15,2017 , 05:07 AM IST


Yellareddy (Kamareddy): Farmers have been leaving no stone unturned to protect their crop from wild animals and birds in the district. Animals like wild boars and birds like parrots and peacocks have been damaging the crops including maize, groundnut, sunflower and others before they are harvested.

However, farmers here are adopting innovative methods to protect their crops. They are purchasing used sarees to tie them like fence around the fields to shoo away the birds and animals. They claim that the birds are distracted and frightened with aid of the colourful sarees. 

At some places, the farmers are using old CDs and DVDs to frighten the parrots and other birds. Some other farmers are tying bells to the tree branches to frighten wild boars and other animals. 

The agriculture fields in Bollaram, Chinuku, Banjaru, Raghavapalli of Nagireddipet mandal, Mengaram, Palkampet, Bhavanipet, Banapur, Nallamadugu, Komatpalli, of Lingampet mandal, Timmapur, Bhiknoor, Kalyani, Venkatapur, Jangamayipalli, Lakshmapur, Vellutla and other villages in Yellareddy mandal are facing the threat of wild boars and other animals which are damaging maize, Bengal gram and vegetables. 

Farmers are struggling to protect their crops from these unfriendly animals and birds by even arranging nets and iron fencing in addition to sarees. They are also tying some colourful bottles and tins at some places. 

It may be recalled that the farmers in Krishna district used video and audio tapes to distract the birds some time back. The farmers appeal to the Forest officials to extend advice to protect the crops from the wild beasts.

By Asad Ahmed​