Villagers from 48 households in Morogoro region have abandoned their farms for fear of an attack from prowling elephants, village authorities said on Wednesday.

Luanda Kalunga, Mtipule village chairman in Mvomero district, said this was the second time for the villagers to run away from their farms for fear of the jumbos.

Kalunga said in 2015 the villagers vacated their farms following frequent invasions of herds of elephants which destroyed their crops and threatened their lives. Mtipule village is situated near the Mikumi National Park.

“The elephants are wreaking havoc to the village,” said Kalunga, however, adding that the village authorities have contacted wildlife authorities for protection.

He told a meeting organized by the Conservation of Nature for Survival (CONASU), a non-governmental organization, that wildlife authorities were aware of the threat posed by the elephants.

The meeting was aimed at training villagers on ways of protecting and preserving elephants in the Mikumi National Park, a project funded by a United Kingdom-based foundation– The Rufford Foundation.

We need not to fear now since we have got knowledge on how to deal with elephants. What you need is to invest in beekeeping which elephants fear to pass through,” he said.

Early this month, a herd of 150 elephants stormed into villages in northwest Tanzania, destroying 160 acres of food and cash crops.

The elephants strayed from the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as big as Northern Ireland.

Local media reports said villages most affected by the jumbos’ invasion were those in Itilima District, Simiyu Region.

According to the reports, for three days, the elephants roamed around locals’ farms destroying crops such as maize, sorghum and cotton. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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