The Elephant in the Field

The elephants, native to India, invade local farmland. Image via mpmurthy.files.wordpress

The elephants, native to India, invade local farmland. Image via mpmurthy.files.wordpress

     In the Muthappanpuzha farmlands of Kerala, India, local farmers are dealing with a large invasive problem, one US and UK farmers could never dream of. Wild elephants- prone to raid plantain crops- are threatening the welfare of over 200 families in the area; most of whom depend solely upon agricultural production for their income.

     The elephant raids, unhindered until government-funded solar fences are complete, have widened in recent years to include coconut farms in response to the decline in plantain production. The elephants, which threaten the livelihood of many farmers, have garnered the attention of government officials; they are now searching for ways to secure the Rs.5 lakh. investment to save the local farms.  

 
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