The villagers of Assam’s Nagaon has set a perfect example for living in unison with the nature. They have set aside land to create a meal zone for elephants for keeping them off their crops.
Most farmers of 12 villages in the Ronghang-Hatikhuli area of central Assam’s Nagaon district do not have enough land to sustain their families. But they donated 33 hectares of community land and took turns to plant paddy exclusively for the elephants that often come down the hills of the adjoining Karbi Anglong district.
The “jumbo kheti (cropland)” has been envisaged as the last line of mealy defence against some 350-400 elephants that have often paid for venturing too close to human habitations. Five of them were electrocuted by illegal electric fences in the last 16 months while half a dozen, injured by spears and arrows, died in the jungles up the hills. The farmers believe that this new idea will surely keep the elephants off their crops.