Stray elephants destroy over 100 hectares of farm crops in eastern Tanzania

Photo taken on April 5, 2021 shows elephants in Omaruru, Namibia. TO GO WITH:
(Photo by Kaula Nhongo/Xinhua)

A herd of elephants has destroyed more than 100 hectares of farm crops in two villages in Tanzania’s eastern district of Handeni in Tanga region, officials said Monday.

Mashaka Mgeta, the Handeni district administrative secretary, said the elephants have been invading Mzeri and Mbagwi villages for the past two weeks.

The farm crops that have been destroyed by the elephants belong to 107 households, Mgeta told Xinhua on the telephone, noting that in most cases the animals raided the villages at night.

According to him, the elephants have been straying from northern zone national parks, including Tarangire national park in Manyara region. And officials from the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) were assessing to establish the damage caused by the elephants.

“TAWA officials are also trying to establish the number of elephants that are wreaking havoc on the villages,” said Mgeta.

Siriel Mchembe, Handeni district commissioner, said the elephants have also destroyed maize farms, and mango and banana plantations.

John Salu, a Member of Parliament for Handeni rural constituency, appealed to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in collaboration with TAWA to drive the destructive animals away. Enditem

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