Berhampur: With pesticide-laced
flowers in cotton fields claiming the lives of 13 peacocks,
authorities have decided to launch an awareness drive on the
harmful effects of using poisonous pesticides in Pakidi hill
area of Orissa`s Ganjam district.
Pakidi hill, spread over 1970 hectare, is considered as
the largest habitat of peacocks in the country.
District Collector Krishan Kumar said, "I have instructed
officials of the agriculture and forest departments to chalk
out a plan to create awareness among the people of the area
asking them not to use pesticides that harm peacocks. "
The Collector also asked the officials to involve the
Peacock Protection Committee in the job.
A decorated chariot taken out during Wildlife Week was
also moving in the area for spreading awareness on the issue,
divisional forest officers Ghumusar (North) R C Sethi said.
"We have asked the farmers to use bio-fertiliser in crops
to protect peacocks in the area," Peacock Protection
Committee president Samir Pradhan said.
The committee has also decided to install sign boards
in human habitations where peacocks roam freely, he said.
At least 13 peacocks have died near Kerikerijhola and
Ambuabadi villages near Pakidi hill since October 2 after
consuming cotton flowers laced with poisonous pesticide.