Viral: Uttar Pradesh farmers dress up as bears to protect crops from monkeys

Viral: Uttar Pradesh farmers dress up as bears to protect crops from monkeys

Farmers in Uttar Pradesh, India have resorted to dressing up as bears to fend off mischievous monkeys in an innovative new approach to crop protection. This innovative strategy has gained popularity due to its effectiveness in deterring primates from damaging important crops. With human-animal conflict increasing due to habitat destruction and dwindling food supplies, these farmers have devised an unusual solution to defend their livelihoods.

Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, is known for its agricultural heritage. In recent years, however, farmers have been faced with a growing problem: monkeys are invading their fields and consuming their crops. These monkeys have turned to agricultural fields as a conveniently available food supply due to declining forest cover and a lack of food in their traditional habitats. Farmers have suffered huge losses.

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Anything can happen in Uttar Pradesh: Farmers dress up as bears to save crops from monkeys

Uttar Pradesh | Farmers in Jahan Nagar village of Lakhimpur Kheri wear a bear costume to prevent monkeys from damaging their sugarcane crop40-45 monkeys roam the area and damage crops. We appealed to the authorities but no attention was paid. So we (farmers)…

— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) June 25, 2023

ANI UP has shared the images on its Twitter account. “40-45 monkeys roam the area and damage the crops,” farmer Gajendra Singh told ANI. The farmers made a call to the authorities, but no one listened. So they worked together and bought this suit for 4,000 rupees to protect our crops.”

Uttar Pradesh farmers dress up as bears to protect their crops from monkeysTwitter/@ANINoticiasUP

After the photos went viral, Sanjay Biswal, Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO), Lakhimpur Kheri, stated, “I assure the farmers that we will take all measures to prevent the monkeys from destroying the crops.”

Meanwhile, the images aroused great concern among the peasants, and many people expressed their solidarity with them. Others were amused and praised the farmers for coming up with such an innovative idea.

The farmers’ unorthodox method of dressing up as bears has produced promising results. Since they applied this method, they have seen a considerable drop in monkey attacks on their crops. The fear instilled in the monkeys by the costumed farmers has prevented the primates from entering the fields, allowing crops to flourish and thrive unaffected.

In addition, the project has attracted the attention and support of local officials and wildlife conservation organizations. Recognizing the ingenuity and commitment of farmers to find long-term solutions, these organizations have provided additional support. They have provided advice on crop protection, supported environmentally friendly deterrents, and launched programs to address the underlying causes of human-animal conflict.

Let’s see how the internet reacted to this viral image

Since the post was shared on social media, it has garnered over 1.3 million views, 862 retweets, 8,427 likes, 165 bookmarks, and many comments.

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— BiswaJit- Investor 8 (@DasRadhye) June 25, 2023

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—Raja Babu (@GaurangBhardwa1) June 25, 2023

Forget scarecrows! 🐦‍⬛By putting on bear costumes, farmers make monkeys run for their bananas. 🐻🍌

— Shakti (शक्ति) (@xShaktiSingh) June 26, 2023

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