Anuradhapura farmers ask for firearms to stop Human-Elephant Conflict | Daily News

Anuradhapura farmers ask for firearms to stop Human-Elephant Conflict

The farmers in the Anuradhapura District urge the district political authority, Agriculture Committee and Assistant Wildlife Director to provide them with firearms to save their lives and crop fields from wild elephants.

When Renewable Energy Resources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake visited the Mahawilachchiya Colonization Scheme recently, the farmers demanded that at least five shotguns should be provided to each village. They said they will pay for the guns and ensure that they will stop the wild elephants without killing or harming them.

An old farmer (84) told the State Minister that there were a large number of wild elephants and other wild animals that do not invade or destruct their plantations because the farmers knew the techniques of chasing them away.

The State Minister said that the issue will be resolved soon.


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