Revitalisation of crop compensation to save the tiger
The tiger T10, popularly known as Srinivas, died after it was electrocuted by a live wire laid by a farmer to keep out herbivores from his field. The debate began with panellists talking about this illegal practice. Central India director of Wildlife Protection Society of India, said that there was an urgent need to revitalize the crop damage compensation scheme. "Until a few years ago, farmers would poison carcasses of cattle that had been hunted by tigers or leopards as a form of retaliation towards the predator. But ever since compensation for such deaths was hiked, this practice has stopped. If farmers are compensated adequately for crop damage, they will stop putting up illegal electric fences as well," he said. At present, Desai added, a farmer only gets back the cost of the crop seed even though herbivores may have damaged his entire standing crop. See link below to read the story in the Times of India.