Wild animal menace: 110 farmers decides to hand over their land to govt

Meeting convened for discussing about land acquisition in Chakkittapara Panchayat

Peruvannamuzhi: Fed up by wild animal menace in Kozhikode’s Poozhithodu region, many farmers have decided to hand over their land to the government. The forest department has already started land acquisition procedures, acting on the request raised by the farmers.

The government through the forest department under a special scheme has agreed to take over 250 acres of land. At first, the land from private individuals in regions under Chakkittappara panchayat like Karinkanni, Thalippara, Randamcheeli, Mavattam and Anunganpara will be taken over by the government and will be provided with suitable compensation. Notably, they are border regions of the panchayat and is close to forest.

Due to wild animal menace many in the region the farming activities get impaired. This includes attack from wild boars, elephants and monkeys. Similarly, crop loss due to pests and insects badly affected many. Many farmers and their families relocated to other places and switched to other occupations. According to people’s representatives there, around 110 new farmers in the region who have approached them to hand over their land.

Meanwhile, the farmers have been raising the demand since 2000. MLA K Kunjammad intervened to address the demand and took efforts to convince the government, following which the forest department accepted the request. That has now finally resulted in the initiation of acquisition procedures.

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