AN ASSESSMENT OF FARMERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS CROP DAMAGE BY WILDLIFE AND ITS PREVENTION METHODS IN THE ARID LANDSCAPE OF GUJARAT |  UTTAR PRADESH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY

Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is one of the most inevitable challenges in today’s fast-paced world. The main reason for human-animal interaction is resource sharing and human intervention in wildlife habitats, which has resulted in habitat degradation. The current study was conducted in the arid landscape of Gujarat in order to assess the impact of wildlife crop damage and to learn about residents’ attitudes about wildlife. A standardised questionnaire was used to conduct 150 successful interviews from ten villages on the outskirts of the Greater Rann of Kachchh in the Banaskatha area. According to the findings, the average amount of land available per household is 10.5 7.8 acres, with a mean yearly income of $ 460 197. It was calculated that the respondents lost $ 318.5 each year due to agricultural damage. Aside from wildlife, water scarcity and natural disasters are key obstacles for the farmers in this area. The most common wild animal responsible for agricultural damage is the wild boar (Sus scrofa), followed by the blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus) and wildass (Equus hemionus khur). As a result, 70% of respondents expressed an unwillingness to coexist. To control crop damage, farmers in this area are employing both traditional and modern preventive techniques. According to the study, individuals with more land are more likely to favour current preventive procedures, which are unaffected by the farmers’ wealth. According to the study, farm fencing and pest species eradication may be important methods to decrease conflicts in this region. However, providing proper and timely recompense to farmers for crop loss by the authorities may help to develop goodwill among the population.

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