Express news service
PERAMBALUR: Maize farmers in Perali and Sitheli villages in Perambalur district are very worried because herds of deer regularly damage their crops in recent months.
According to sources, corn crops have been grown on more than 2,000 acres in Perali, Sitheli, Maruvathur, Othiyam and Arumadal. These villages are surrounded by around five hectares of forest, which is home to hundreds of deer and wild boar.
Farmers said stray animals in the fields bordering the forest in search of food and water have damaged corn crops in the past three months. The corn crops on more than 100 acres near the forest were completely damaged and farmers had to replant them.
Although complaints were sent to the Chief Minister’s Special Unit and forestry officials, no action was reportedly taken.
Speaking to TNIE, A Venkatesan, a farmer from Perali, said: “In August, I planted maize on my three acres of land in Sitheli at a cost of 15,000 rupees. The crops grew well, but the deer destroyed them all, pushing me into a huge loss. Damaged crops are of no use. So I had to destroy my remaining crop and replant some corn 45 days ago. However, the deer again damaged part of my crops. It gives me too much stress. Last week I slept in my field for three days to keep the deer away. I can’t go on like this. The authorities should inspect my field and provide sufficient compensation. “
R Ayyasamy, another farmer from Perali, said: “I planted maize and common millet on my two acres in Perali. Both crops were damaged by deer. This problem has persisted for five years. fences. I need at least a lakh to install one, which I can’t afford. The district administration should step in and put up a fence around the forest and set up a deer sanctuary. Authorities must also ensure that animals do not move away from the forest in search of food or water. “
When TNIE contacted TNIE, an official from the Perambalur Forestry Department said, “Right now we don’t have the funds to put up fences in these areas. However, we will take action on this issue.