Cause of death of peacocks yet to be ascertained
Berhampur (Orissa): The cause of death of 13 peacocks between October 4 and 7 near Pakidi hill in Orissa`s Ganjam district has not been determined with the report that they died after consuming pesticide-laced flowers in cotton fields proving to be incorrect.
Deputy Director of Agriculture, Ganjam Aparti Sethi said "We have seen there was no damage to crop due to use of excess pesticides in cotton fields in Ambuabadi and Kerikerijhola villages, from where forest officials found the dead and sick birds."
Forest officials said the exact cause of the death of the national birds would be known after the test of samples at the Coordination Center for Wildlife Health, Bhubaneswar.
"We have sent the samples of the dead birds to the CCWH for testing to know the exact cause of death," a senior forest officer said.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) J D Sharma said forest and agriculture officials had instructed local people would take steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future in Pakidi hill, considered to be one of the biggest peacock habitats in the country.
"During interaction with local people, we asked them to use organic pesticides for crops, which will not harm peacocks in the area," he said.
With peacock protection committee members having demanded steps to create water sources in the area for the birds, he said this would be available for peacocks, so that they did not enter fields.
Wildlife officials visited the area yesterday to create awareness among local people.
A farmer from Andhra Pradesh growing cotton in 84 acre was earlier arrested by forest officials for the death of the birds.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Bihar: Congress leader Brajesh Pandey accused of running sex racket
- BJP MP Yogi Adityanath compares Akhilesh Yadav with 'Aurangzeb' and 'Kans'
- Acrimonious remarks of political leaders during UP elections
- UP polls: When fans played spoilsport for SP star campaigner Dimple Yadav
- Have political parties diverted from development agenda in UP elections?
- Reliance Jio's tariff plan from April 1; voice calls, roaming to be free: Mukesh Ambani
- BMC exit poll: BJP predicted to score big in neck-and-neck battle with Shiv Sena
- How Kashmiris use children for 'meri jaan Pakistan' type 'freedom struggle' - WATCH
- Reliance Jio Prime Membership at Rs 99: All you need to know about the plan
- 'Intolerance brigade' attacks Zee News' #FatehKaFatwa host Tarek Fateh - WATCH