VALPOI: Upping the ante over the demand to declare wild animals like bison, wild boars and monkeys as vermin, farmers from Sattari taluka have decided to hold a series of meetings starting from Nagargao on September 2. Farmers have also decided to move the High Court of Bombay in Goa to seek relief.
Affected farmers from Sattari held a special meeting in Bhirondem village where they resolved to file a petition in the High Court if the government fails to compensate them before the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Many farmers including Bhirondem sarpanch Nitin Shivdekar, panch Uday Sing Rane, convenor of Sattari Farmers Organisation Ashok Joshi, Manikarao Rane and Vishwesh Prabhu were present at the meeting.
With forest cover shrinking, there has been rise in human-animal conflict. Besides destroying crops, there are cases in which wild animals have attacked human beings. In one case, a woman venturing into a farm was gored to death by a bison.
Vishwesh Prabhu said that the frequency of animals raiding farms have forced farmers in Sattari to kick-start a campaign in which meetings will be held in every panchayat area and farmers from respective areas will support the protests.