Hopes of Bumper Harvest Wane Near Elephant Corridor

Thu, 2008-01-24 23:17 by Jan

Story by CHARLES WANYORO
The Nation

Residents of the larger Meru Central region, many of them farmers, live under fear of elephants.

While the beasts pose a general security threat to all locals, the farmers have been affected more since the animals have been feasting and trampling on acres of crops just before harvest.

The lush green farms in Ruiri Division of Imenti North District suggest bumper harvest this season but the presence of destructive elephants dictate otherwise.

The farmers have for a long time been grappling over marauding elephants from the neighbouring lower Imenti forest every time crops are nearing maturity.

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The other side

Fri, 2008-01-25 09:19 by Hans

Complaints about elephants similar to this appear more and more often. What the articles don't tell is the other side of the story.

More and more of the countryside is turned into farm land by settlers, including areas on ancient elephant migration routes.

Told from the elephants' point of view, the story would sound different. They might say to themselves, oh, how interesting! The humans have planted these nice-tasting fruits and vegetables right on our old path.

The only thing we don't like is that they then put up nasty things to scare us. Sometimes they attack us and make it so difficult for us to move that we get angry.

Land use

Sun, 2008-01-27 14:27 by Jan

Hans:

This is why it is so imperative that the African governments decide on land use policies that take into effect the natural wildlife corridors. As you know, elephants have natural corridors that they have followed for decades. In a time of drought a matriarch may try to take her family to water that she remembers her mother or grandmother taking her. It is unfair for an over burgeoning human population to take over the land on those natural corridors and then cry when their crops are ruined.

If those natural wildlife corridors are identified by researchers and proven to governments, the governments should be willing to work with them in ensuring that the corridors are kept open. This is far more important to a country's future, than a politician owning many plots of 20,000 acres with nothing on them, because without the wildlife there will be no tourism, and with no tourism money coming in, the countries will be hurting even more than they are now.

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