Madurai: Residents of Vittankulam in Vairavanatham panchayat and Malaiyur Kulathupatti in Usilampatti taluk recently petitioned Collector K Veera Raghav Rao about the atrocities of the wild boars in their farmlands. Claiming that farming could not be continued, they also demanded relief from the district administration. Krishnamoorthy from Vittankulam said that more than 30 wild boars from the nearby Vavuthumalai, a small mound, had camped in the sugarcane farms in their village and destroyed the crops including banana and paddy.
“Each board would weigh around 200 kilograms, so people are scared to go near them. More than 300 acres of farmlands have been destroyed already,” he said. Krishnamoorthy said wild boar menace has been continuing for the past five years without any solution in sight.
“Officials from the forest department threaten us with legal action if we try to shoot or explode crackers. We are allowed only to threaten the wild boars and not to attack them, but it doesn’t work,” added Krishnamoorthy. People of Malaiyur too are facing a similar problem.
Poojai Raja, a resident, said that the problem of wild boars had become rampant. “Three and a half acres of farmland were destroyed even on Sunday. While the problem of wild boars is on one side, officials of the Forest Department do not understand the issues faced by farmers and make the situation worse,” he said.
Though the Village Administrative Officer has acknowledged that about 55 percent of farmlands in Malaiyur village has been destroyed by wild boars, there is no action against the animals. “District administration should immediately drive away all the wild boars from the village in order for us to continue farming,” demanded Poojai Raja.