Centre concerned about crop damage by wild animals: Javadekar

The Union Government is concerned about the damage caused by wild animals to the crops in the field, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Monday.

Mumbai: The Union Government is concerned about the damage caused by wild animals to the crops in the field, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Monday.

"If the state government sends a proposal to find a solution to the menace, the Centre will consider it with sympathy," the minister said, speaking at a meeting of Maharashtra BJP Kisan Morcha (farmer wing).

"Crop damage in the state is caused by elephants, wild boars and monkeys," the minister said. "The Centre is concerned that crop gets damaged and farmers suffer losses," he said.

Building weirs was one of the ways to increase water level in the state, Javadekar said. "I will personally look into it if there are problems as far as environmental clearances are concerned," he added.

State BJP Kisan Morcha president Dnyanoba Munde informed the minister that the Morcha's target was to enrol 11 lakh BJP members by March-end.