Extra states in India are prone to set up fences of honeybees in areas susceptible to human-elephant battle, after a pilot initiative in Karnataka’s Kodagu was discovered to achieve success previously month.
Union Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Nitin Gadkari hailed the initiative Thursday. “It has offered aid to farmers, and is saving crops and treasured lives. West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are main elephant–human battle zones the place KVIC is planning to implement Challenge RE-HAB in a phased method,” he tweeted with a video of the initiative.
Congratulating @kvicindia for implementing modern answer to scale back elephant-human interplay with Challenge RE-HAB.
The bees irritate the elephant and deter them. By placing up bee packing containers on the periphery of forests, they’ve diminished elephant motion in human territory. pic.twitter.com/DaiMK1gSFU
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) April 8, 2021
Below Challenge RE-HAB (Decreasing Elephant – Human Assaults utilizing Bees), launched in Karnataka final month by Khadi and Village Industries Fee (KVIC), packing containers with bees had been positioned at numerous areas close to Chelur village in Karnataka’s Kodagu. Officers had hoped that the buzzing of the bees would confuse and frighten the elephants, making them flip away. The whole value of the pilot challenge was estimated to be round Rs 15 lakh.
Now that it’s to be taken to different states, KVIC officers mentioned Gadkari had “emphasised the participation of the Agriculture ministry and the Atmosphere and Forest ministry for the efficient implementation of the challenge.”
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena mentioned, “The initiative can cut back human-elephant conflicts, enhance farmers’ earnings by way of beekeeping, and probably deal with local weather change, regenerate forest cowl and guarantee meals safety for wild animals of their pure habitats.”
In line with information issued by KVIC from 4 areas on the periphery of Nagarhole Nationwide Park in Karnataka, elephant motion was detected within the space a number of instances within the final fortnight of March.
“Nonetheless, a lot of elephants had been seen returning to the jungles fearing honey bees. Additionally, no destruction of crops or properties by elephants has been reported in these areas since these bee packing containers had been stored on the passageways of elephants,” Saxena mentioned.
Additional, with the assistance of night-vision cameras, officers mentioned they’ve captured key footage of elephants’ behaviour on seeing the bee-boxes, which may be helpful for the growth of the challenge.
Most human fatalities on account of human-elephant battle, in response to KVIC, passed off in West Bengal (403), Orissa (397), Jharkhand (349), Assam (332), and Chhattisgarh (289) between 2014 and 2019.
Saxena mentioned state governments dig up trenches, erect rail-fencing and spiked pillars, set up electrical fences and electrical wire curtains to maintain elephants away from human territories. “Whereas these efforts fail to attain the aim, additionally they find yourself killing elephants in probably the most tragic methods,” he highlighted.
Owing to the success of the pilot, extra farmers, together with espresso planters in and round Kodagu, have approached KVIC with a request to put in such fences in additional areas.
“Farmers within the space weren’t conscious that such a way would work effectively initially. Nonetheless, with the sudden dip within the frequency of elephants coming into the world, this initiative has grow to be the speak of the city. We’re able to share the science behind this with extra individuals to assist them develop this on their very own as effectively,” Banglu Venugopal, KVIC Nodal Officer in Madikeri, instructed Indianexpress.com.