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Stags damage crops in Sendenyu Village
Published on 19 Nov. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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In a rare incident, many standing paddy crops were damaged by grazing Stags/Sambar in Sendenyu village. Based on complaints lodged by farmers, the Sendenyu Village Wild Life Conservation Committee verified the damage and found that several fields, particularly wet terraced fields located in secluded areas were destroyed besides extensive damage to vegetable crops like beans and king chillies. According to a statement issued by Sendenyu Community Wild Life & Biodiversity Conservation Committee, chairman, Gwasinlo Thong, the farmers were also taken aback as it was a rare phenomenon. Elders in the village said that they have never heard of a Stag eating paddy except causing damages while passing through ripening paddy fields. As part of wild life conservation measures, killing of Stag/Sambar in Sendenyu area has been banned since 2004 and there has been significant increase in the population. The chairman said that the Sendenyu Village Council and the Sendenyu Wild Life Conservation Committee during a hearing on November 15 had decided that give compensation to the farmers whose crops were extensively damaged. The decision was taken after thorough investigation of the report, including photos, submitted by the investigating committee and individual testimonies. The committee investigation found that extensive damage on the standing paddy crops in various locations were also caused by wild boars. However, since wild boars were not included in the village wildlife conservation list and the farmers were allowed to shoot and kill them in their fields, the Council decided that not to give compensation for crops damaged by wild boars.

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