Jun 28, 2015

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Field Visit to Sarahkar – Smart Crop Protection System

Prateek Prasher, Kumar Vishal Rai, Arnav Dhiman

 

Visit to a nearby village Sarahkar

We made a field visit to a nearby village Sarahkar, which is facing a very big problem from wild animal menace. We went to the gram panchayat office Sarahkar and had discussions with panchayat officials.

Gram Panchayat Sarahkar

Gram Panchayat Sarahkar

Gram panchayat secretary Sh. Ajay Kumar told us that wild animals are creationg a lot of havoc in this village. He told us that people have stopped praticing farming in their fields because animals don’t leave anything intact. Along with this, he stressed on the fact that the main cause of problem there are monkeys. He told us that all the methods that they have tried to use for warding away the animals have failed.

Talk with panchayat secretary Sarhakar

Talk with panchayat secretary Sarhakar

After talking with Sh. Ajay Kumar, we had a discussion with Sh. Ashwani Kumar, Gram Panchayat Pradhan, Sarahkhar. Sh. Ashwani Kumar, being a farmer himself, told us they are not able to plant anything in the fields because animals don’t leave anything. He pointed put following animals, which cause major damage in this area:

 

  • Monkeys
  • Peacocks
  • Jungli Murgas

 

With gram panchayat pradhan Sh. Ashwani Kumar

With gram panchayat pradhan Sh. Ashwani Kumar

Further, he highlighted following problems that natives of that village face:

 

  • People have to hire people for ploughing the fields, who take a minimum of ₹1,000 per day for ploughing the fields.
  • Since the people have large fields, the people have to hire workes for 3 – 5 days, which adds to an investment of ₹3,000 to ₹5,000
  • People invest in buying seeds, manures for their fields. They invest their time and labor in the fields.
  • But this proves to be an investment, which bears no returns. The problem is like that monkeys don’t even let the plants germinate!!
  • In this way people loose ₹25,000 to ₹30, 000 , as they are not able to earn anything from their fields.

 

Sh. Ashwani Kumar told us that due to all above problems, most people in his panchayat have left farming and have kept their lands barren out of frustration and anger.

Interaction with local people

Sh. Ram Swaroop (ex. Havaldar)

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Sh. Ram Swaroop highlighted following problems:

  • He has 12 karnal of land, all left barren due to monkey menace
  • His family has even tried to plant chillies in the fields, but monkeys don’t even spare chillies
  • Monkeys even disrupt household activities, they get into people’s kitchens and cause havoc there.
  • Small children can’t be left in house premises as monkeys can even cause harm to them.

Smt. Kamla Devi

Vishal talking with localite Smt. Kamla Devi with panch Balwant Singh

Smt. Kamla Devi highlighted following problems:

  • They have 10 karnal of land, which is all left barren.
  • They have no income from that land due to the problem of monkeys
  • She pointed out that monkeys even cause damage to kachha buildings, as they have destroyed their cowshelter in their fields.

Smt. Nirmala Devi

Prateek talking with localite Smt. Nirmla Devi with panch Balwant Singh

Smt. Nirmala Devi highlighted following problems:

  • They have 25 karnal of land on which they sow seeds in each season but monkeys don’t let anything to grow in fields.
  • She said that it is a waste of money for them to invest in their fields.
  • She was also angry with the government as she told us that government does nothing to save their fields.

Sh. Ranjit Singh and Sh. Swaroop Chand

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They also talked about the same problems as the other people mentioned above. These also said that monkeys even cause damage to their houses.

Conclusion

This field visit proved to be very helpful, as we got to know the actual extent of the problem and it can be said that it is a very big problem. The situation is like that people have left their land barren and have stopped farming. Any method that drives away animals from their fields will be of immense help to them.

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