Tired of wild boar attack, farmer grows vegetables on wooden pillar
Kattappana (Idukki): Wild boars always pose threat to farmers as they often destroy crops. But a farmer has introduced a unique method to save the crops from wild boars. Mulakaramedu native Acharya Balakrishna Sharma set up wooden pillars at a height of five feet and placed plastic sacks and grow bags on top it.
The grow bags are neatly arranged on the wooden pillar and seeds are sown. A net has been placed under the pillars to avoid animals passing beneath it. Earlier, wild boars were not seen in the area. But recently, they are found in large numbers here. Though the farmers cultivated wild ginger plants on the border of farms to prevent the attack, the animals continued to trespass.
With this, Balakrishna Sharma introduced the new trick. Setting up the wooden pillars is a laborious task, but he could protect the vegetables from wild boars. However, crops like cardamom is still cultivated on the ground and there is no way to protect it from wild boars, he said. He demanded the forest department should take action to help the farmers from attack of wild boars.