Wild boars have wreaked such havoc in Uttarakhand’s agricultural fields that the government has been forced to declare them pests and sanction their culling. That hasn’t helped much though, as the beasts are as strong as they are evasive. Farmers have now had a brainwave — and it seems to be working. They have put up loudspeakers that play the latest songs of Yo Yo Honey Singh and other Punjabi singers at full blast and that quite often drive away not just the boars but other wild animals.
Bishan Jantwal (48), a farmer at Dhari village of Nainital district, who has installed loudspeakers around his farmland to protect his potato crop, seems happy to see that the idea is working. “I used to hear from elders in the house that wild animals avoid places where there is a human habitat. I thought of playing music to let them know of human presence. And it has worked,” Jantwal said.
Gradually, others in nearby villages also picked up the idea, which has now become talk of the town.
The initiative, started in October, involves less investment than usual practices adopted by the government departments such as playing recorded voices of tiger and other wild animals. To top it all, neighbours who enjoy the latest numbers all daylong are not complaining either.
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