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“Prevent wild animal invasion into farms”

Farmers from Sivalaarkulam and Ayyanarkulam village panchayats near Alangulam who submitted petitions to Collector M. Karunakaran in Tirunelveli on Monday.— PHOTO: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Farmers from Sivalaarkulam and Ayyanarkulam village panchayats near Alangulam who submitted petitions to Collector M. Karunakaran in Tirunelveli on Monday.— PHOTO: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN  

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A group of farmers from Sivalaarkulam and Ayyanarkulam village panchayats near Alangulam submitted petitions to Collector M. Karunakaran on Monday seeking steps to prevent wild animal invasion into their farms.

In separate petitions, the farmers said wild animals such as spotted deer, sambar, wild boar and peacock, all living in the Kottamalai and Kaavukutti reserve forests, were entering cultivable lands around Sivalaarkulam and Ayyanarkulam areas in search of food and water and damaging crops every day.

If special arrangements were made to ensure the availability of food and water inside the reserve forest area itself, it would effectively prevent the wild animal invasions and consequent crop damage.

Though repeated appeals had been made in the past to the forest officials, no such arrangement had been made so far, they pointed out.

Moreover, fence should be created around the reserve forest, they appealed.

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