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A separate elephant corridor on the anvil

If everything goes as per plans the conflict between man and elephant will decrease soon as the state government has formed a separate commit­tee to execute the process of planting bamboo saplings in the forest areas aimed at con­structing an elephant corridor.

The state government for the first time in the country has constituted a separate committee headed by former forest officer A C Lakshman for the purpose recently.

Devaraj Urs Bamboo Re­juvenation Committee will monitor all planting of sapling process. It would also keep in mind the various tribes in such remote areas, especial­ly the Kadukuruba, and the Meda tribes who are known to be highly depended on bam­boo for their livelihood.

Elaborating the initiatives, Lakshman said that the former CM Devaraj Urs had shown special concern to protect for­ests. The current government too is extending the same sup­port by not just planting bam­boo saplings in Sollepura State Forest and in Hunsur taluk but is also taking measures to tide over the effects of climate change. The committee com­prising experts will train farm­ers and tribes on bamboo cul­tivation mainly the two varieties – Burma bamboo and Mesh bamboo. These are the two va­rieties that are commonly used for commercial purposes and also is the favourite food of el­ephants.

Chief Minister Siddara­maiah has allotted Rs 75 lakh for the expansion of bamboo cultivation in the forest areas to the committee and we aim to transform the bamboo forest as one of the tourist destination in the state where beekeeping training is also being provided to the interested” he said.

 

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