Tanzanian growers urged to grow chili peppers to keep away elephants

Earlier this week, a Tanzanian government senior official urged growers living close to wildlife protected areas to fence their farms with chili peppers; this is expected to help keep stray elephants away.

Mary Masanja, the deputy minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, also advised the farmers to engage in beehive fencing in their farms, saying elephants also dislike bees.

Masanja made the advice in the wake of reported wave of incidents of elephants straying from protected areas, including national parks, killing villagers and destroying crops in different parts of the country.

On Sunday, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Damas Ndumbaro, issued a warning to villages adjacent to the Nyerere National Park, saying at least 200 elephants have strayed from the park.

Source: xinhuanet.com

 

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