Bhawanipatna: Concerned over destruction of crops by jumbos, villagers of Khalguda in Lanjigarh block under Kalahandi south forest division urged the forest department on Monday to drive away a herd of elephants camping near the village.
A herd of 10 jumbos have been camping in the village, 80 km from here, situated in the foothills of Niyamgiri reserve forest.
“The elephants disappear during the day and destroy our cultivated land in the night. I lost four acres of cultivated land,” said farmer Arjun Majhi.
He added that he had cultivated paddy, kandul and mandia, which were completely damaged.
Villagers alleged that more than 20 acres farmland have been destroyed by the elephants and they are worried how to survive. Villagers have been asked by the authorities to lodge a complaint with the forest department, which will consider about giving the compensation.
Biswanathpur range officer Lakhya Mahananda said compensation will be provided to them after assessing the crop loss. He said a team of forest staff has been deployed in the village to monitor the movement of the jumbos. “We are trying to drive away the jumbos by beating drums and bursting firecrackers,” said Mahananda.