Transfer goals to carry down instances of human-animal battle throughout the upcoming rabi season
Revealed 27.09.21, 12:44 AM
The Odisha authorities has determined to put in picket beehive packing containers in choose forest divisions of the state to maintain elephants away from human habitations in a bid to carry down instances of human-animal battle throughout the upcoming rabi season.
“Participating honey bees to keep off elephants has been profitable in South Africa, Assam, Uttarakhand and Karnataka. We have now deliberate to implement this in Odisha’s selective forest divisions on a pilot foundation,” principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Shashi Paul advised The Telegraph.
The undertaking has been named RE-HAB (Decreasing Elephant-Human Assaults utilizing Bees). With this the federal government is hopeful that the human habitations in addition to the crops might be secure from jumbo assaults. Instances of animal and human battle are usually seen in between October and March.
In accordance with the plan, the beehive packing containers might be put up at a number of locations identified for the motion of elephants. “When a jumbo tries to cross the border and is available in contact with the wire related to the beehive field, the door of the field will open. Angered at being disturbed, the military of honeybees will come out and assault the herd of elephants. Scared by the sudden assault, the elephants will run away and won’t enter the human habitations and destroy the crops,” stated Paul.
In accordance with the plan, the state authorities will launch a pilot scheme in Athmallik-Keonjhar forest division. “As soon as the pilot undertaking is profitable, we are going to broaden it to different areas the place the jumbos are creating havoc,” stated Paul.
The forest division will procure the beehive packing containers from the Khadi and Village Industries Fee. “We have now already held conferences with the folks on the periphery of the forest division of Athmallik. We have now obtained an awesome response,” officers stated.
The forest division has additionally determined to observe the motion of elephant herds by GPS-fitted radio collars. “We’re taking the assistance of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, for this. The radio coordinates will assist monitor the motion of the elephants. Survey work is on,” an official stated.
The radio collars might be fitted in three elephants in Chandaka sanctuary and 4 in Similipal sanctuary. The radio collars might be fitted after tranquillising the elephants.
A authorities report says that a minimum of 282 pachyderms have died attributable to human and animal battle within the final three years. Equally, 912 folks have misplaced their lives in elephant assaults over the last 10 years.
The state authorities can be implementing the Gaja Sathi (Elephant Buddy) Yojana by roping in members of Van Suraksha Samitis.
“At the very least 5 members of the Van Suraksha Samitis might be given a possibility to work as Gaja Sathis with the division. The samiti will advocate the names. Every samiti might be given a financial help of Rs 25,000 each year. They may work in coordination with the forest division to keep off the elephants. They are going to be given crackers, lights and different gear for this objective,” stated an official.