Meghalaya farmers seeks compensation

Correspondent Shillong, May 13 | Publish Date: 5/13/2020 9:51:25 AM IST

The Hill Farmers’ Union (HFU) urged the Meghalaya government to release the arrested farmers from Mawpyrthuh village and compensate them with Rs 10 lakh for the loss of their beehive boxes and livelihood due to attacks from wild animals.

In a letter to the Principal Chief Conservation of Forest (PCCF), Meghalaya on Tuesday, the HFU sought compensation for the damages of beehive boxes and disruption of livelihood of farmers of Mawpyrthuh village due to attack from wild animals. At least 10 villagers from Mawpyrthuh village were arrested recently after a picture of a Himalayan black bear went viral on social media showing it being skinned.

The HFU also asked the Meghalaya government to release the farmers who were arrested recently due to the death of the bear.  “We would like to inform the department that in the last one year, more than 500 beehive boxes and its produces were destroyed by wildlife in Mawpyrthuh area, under Pynursla Sub-Division, East Khasi Hills district leading to the loss of livelihood amounting to Rs 10 lakh to the local agrarian communities,” the HFU stated in the letter.  “We therefore take the opportunity to request the state government to pay compensate the farmers,” the union said in the letter.

The HFU also requested the state forest department to conduct awareness programmes on existing Wildlife Protection Act in Mawpyrthuh village and other places across the state. The union also offered to collaborate and partner with the department to initiate and conduct awareness / training programmes across the state on wildlife conservation on a regular basis so as to avoid any animal-human conflict.

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