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Elephant control urged
Published on 23 Feb. 2010 12:45 AM IST
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Parliamentary secretary for border affairs Y. Patton has taken note of the rampant destruction of paddies and other crops by wild elephants every year particularly in Wokha district and has urged the state forest department to immediately plan out as to how the menace could be solved at the earliest. Patton said farmers in the district could not go to their paddy fields as they were attacked from time to time by wild elephants. He said two persons were killed by elephants last year in Wokha district, according to NEPS. Patton said farmers in Tuyi area could not harvest last year due to fear of being attacked by wild elephants. Because of their failure to properly cultivate and harvest over the years, there have been sharp fall in the production of crops and paddies, he said adding, “the farmers are starving and they have now started asking rice from us.” The parliamentary secretary recalled that, earlier, about 70 elephants were there in Bhandari and Sanis areas but in due course of time, half of it migrated to Tuyi constituency. He disclosed that these elephants had been there for the last about 30 years and the people had been suffering because of the elephants. Patton said the issue cannot be neglected as it has severely affected human lives” adding, “if the situation continues unattended to, things will turn into unwanted development one day.” Patton has last week said that the border issue with Assam cannot be resolved as long as Assam government did not return Nagaland’s original map which was reported lost from their end.

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