More than 10,000 undomesticated pigs have become a menace for peasants of four panchayats in Ganjam district.
They were alleged to be damaging standing crop of paddy and vegetable cultivation in Indrakshi, Sasanpadar, Keluapalli panchayats of Rangeilunda block and Eksingh panchayat of Chikiti block. Peasants from these areas demonstrated in front of the office of Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) on Monday demanding measures to end menace of these pigs. Activists of Jan Hitkari Party of Odisha expressed their solidarity to the issue by participating in the demonstration.
According to the agitators, during the super cyclone in 1999, a group of pigs had reached the area from some other place and had taken shelter in the cashew orchards. As the pigs are enormously fertile, their number increased in geometric progression. These undomesticated pigs were entering the agricultural fields and damaging the standing crops regularly.
It was alleged that these pigs had also started injuring humans. According to the agitators these pigs have injured two women of the area in recent past, who were undergoing treatment. Shyam Sundar Patnaik, leader of Jan Hitkari Party said, some animal lovers had also suggested that these pigs should be caught and kept in a shelter home for pigs, which could provide employment opportunity to some unemployed youths.