At a time when the State authorities has determined to ascertain a monkey park in Shivamogga district to maintain the animals away from the agricultural lands, a farmer in Kakkarasi village of Sorab taluk has devised a novel methodology to avoid wasting his crops.
Chidananda Gowda has a four-acre agricultural land on the fringes of the forest within the village. The raids by monkeys, peacocks, and deer from the forest have been so frequent that he was getting an yield of solely 10 quintal of maize per acre over the previous few years, when the typical yield in Shivamogga district is 26 quintal per acre.
Earlier, they used to burst fireplace crackers to scare away the monkeys. However, the animals received used to the sound. “The menace of wild animals was such that I even contemplated quitting farming and setting up a grocery shop in Sorab town,” he advised Bharat.One.
Mr. Gowda knew that monkeys didn’t come close to the village since they have been petrified of domesticated and stray canines there. So, he recorded the voice of canines barking and performed it over as many as eight audio system at vantage factors within the maize area, with a view to scare the animals.
The audio is performed around the clock from the day the cob formation commences within the plant to the day of harvesting. As the facility outage is widespread right here, he received a UPS battery as a backup as nicely. The flex boards with photos of canines and tigers are additionally put in within the plot to create a way of worry among the many monkeys.
Mr. Gowda stated the experiment that he undertook final yr has proved profitable and he has repeated it to guard the maize cultivated this kharif season additionally, leading to regular yield. Even farmers within the close by areas have benefited this revolutionary answer.
The farmer has spent ₹10,000 for the recorder, audio system and flex boards. “The expense is nothing compared to the loss incurred because of the raids by monkeys,” he stated.