Farmers in the district were given compensation for crop damage caused by elephants and wild boar during the year 2012-13. Forest department officials said that 12 farmers were paid Rs. 90,900 in the Salem Division and Rs. 1 lakh was given to eight farmers in Attur Division. Another 47 farmers would be paid Rs. 4.17 lakh in few days. Officials said that once the farmers submit applications seeking compensation, the extent of damage would be assessed by the forest officials and forwarded to the government for sanctioning of the amount. The farmers have been told not to disturb or divert the movement of elephants as it would lead to human-animal conflict.

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