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Wild boars rampage through Moulvibazar villages

  • Published at 04:44 pm April 11th, 2019
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Wild boars rampaged through a pineapple garden in a village of Moulvibazar district recently Dhaka Tribune

They come from Barshijora Eco Park, at night, and destroy fields

Wild boars have been laying waste to farmland located in villages nearby forests in Moulvibazar district.

At least, three villages and hundreds of farmers have been affected by the animal attacks, in which the boars ravage farmland close to Mostafapur union of Moulvibazar Sadar upazila.

According to locals, the wild boars come from Barshijora Eco Park, at night, and rampage through the rice, fruit, and vegetable fields.

Several crops in the area—including of jackfruit, lemon, and pineapple—have been completely trashed by the animals. Farmers of these districts are trying to guard their fields—by staying awake at night and fencing off their areas—but this is not stopping the hogs.

The area is a hub for pineapple production and farmers have invested a lot of financial and physical assets in this season. However, all their hopes and investment has gone in vain. 

With the hope of protecting their crops, affected farmers of these three villages, along with district administrators, made an appeal petition on December 10, 2018 (memorial number 1621-(1)) to take necessary measures to protect their crops. 

An application—including the approval signatures of hundreds of farmers and a special appeal from Chairman of Mostafapur Union, Tajul Islam and the UP member Washir Miah—was submitted four months ago but no effective action has yet been taken by the authority.

Former UP member Emraan Ahmad said:"'The wild boars are wasting away all the lemon trees and pineapples in my field. I tried to save them by fencing the field but it has not been effective. I asked for help from the forest department to protect our land."

According to the Deputy Commissioner, the application was sent to the Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) from the revenue department of the Deputy Commissioner in response to the petition.

Sadar Upazila Executive Officer Moniruzzaman said: "We learned about the losses incurred by local farmers as a result of a wild pig attack. I will talk to the forest department to take on this issue."

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Sylhet Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department) Shamsul Mohite Chowdhury said:"I did not see any application from the local farmers. The farmers should take action themselves to protect their crops from wild boars."

According to the sources of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department, Forest Department and Wild Animals, there are 31,657 hectares of forest land in Moulvibazar.