Wild boars destroyed standing crops of maize in a vast area of Qalandar Abad, inflicting huge losses to farmers.
Wild boars in flocks attacked the crops in the villages of Banda Peer Khan, Kareem Abad, Maira Batang, Kaloor, Chuntry, Tarhanna, Boji and Mary Pattyan.
Talking to the media, the victim farmers said that the flocks of wild boars have eaten a small portion of the maize fields but usually they destroyed and damaged the crop by crushing it. They said that during the last couple of year the number of wild boars were increased drastically and they were not only destroying the standing crops but also a threat to the human lives as they have attacked many people too.
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The farmers disclosed that now the people of these villages were stuck in their houses in the night after several incidents of wild boar attack on the villagers.
“Our hardship of six months has been wasted by the attack and we are suffering millions of rupees losses as this year a bumper crop of maize was expected because of timely rainfall in the region, they said.
“The farmers demanded from KP government, agriculture and wildlife department to take concrete measures for the eradication of wild boars otherwise this threat would be more lethal in coming years.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2021.