According to reports, these days’ monkeys are causing considerable amount of damage to crops in Jammu and Kashmir.
Recently, large number of farmers reported that monkeys come in groups; they uproot plants, climb coconut trees and drop the nuts, destroy all standing crops, and sometimes dance in fields.
Farmers were amused as they saw monkeys dancing, but researchers suggest that monkeys which appear dancing might be signaling other monkeys with their movements. Not just in Kashmir, but farmers in several parts of India are reporting about monkeys damaging crops.
Damage worth crores of Rupees in Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir’s agriculture minister- Ghulam Hassan Mir told reporters during his recent press meeting that monkeys were causing substantial damage to crops in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Jammu region. He said substantial losses have been reported to fruit crops like mango, guava, ber (Ziziphus mauritiana), grapes, citrus fruits, litchi, sandy pear, peach, plum and apricot.
Mir told the state assembly that based on a random assessment done in the areas affected in the Jammu division; the estimated damage caused (by monkeys) is worth Rs 4.72 crore. The primates also damage crops of maize, wheat, rice and vegetables in 15,596 hectares of agriculture land in about 250 villages of Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts. He also said that the annual financial loss on this account has been worked out to the extent of Rs 32.93 crore.
Farmers from all over India hope that Govt comes out to help them save their crops from this new threat.
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