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India - Elephants raid banana, tomato crops in Erode village

A herd of five elephants raided farmland in Pinapuram village in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging standing crops such as tomato and banana plants spread across two acres.

S Jayakumar, 48, the farmer whose farmland was raided, said, “This is the fourth such raid by elephants in the past 10 days.” According to him, nearly 300 banana plants and tomato crops spread across half an acre were destroyed in the elephant raid. He pegged the loss at Rs 2 lakh.

When alerted, forest officials assessed the damages that were caused by the elephant raid. Jayakumar said the government should compensate him for the loss. “I have incurred a huge financial loss. Forest officials should take steps to properly compensate me for the crop damage.”

Pinapuram village falls in the Jeerahalli forest division near Sathyamangalam. The villagers said the frequency of elephant raid has increased in their area and appealed officials to do the needful to find a permanent solution to curb the same.

Source – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com