Farmers urge authorities to control animal menaceFarmers of Mangalsain Municipality in Achham district have urged the concerned authorities to control the menace of wild animals in the settlements.
Farmers of Mangalsain Municipality in Achham district have urged the concerned authorities to control the menace of wild animals in the settlements.
According to the villagers, animals like wild boars, porcupines and monkeys have been destroying the winter crops and vegetable.
“We have to guard the fields throughout the night to protect our crops from the animals. It is difficult to stay in makeshift huts in the cold winter nights,” said Ramesh Rawal, a resident of Mangalsain-10. He said the animals destroy wheat, potato and other vegetables planted in the field.
“We are not allowed to kill the animals as per the legal provisions. How long can we guard our fields from them?” said Khagendra Dhungana, a farmer from Mangalsain-5.
Locals said because of the animals’ attack, some villagers have migrated away from the area while others have left their land fallow in the past few years.
“Even the fertile land is left fallow as the wild animals continue destroying our crops,” said Junga BK, a local farmer.
The local people said about 3,000 ropanies of arable land in Mangalsain has been left fallow due to the animals’ menace.