Farmers choose alternative farming in wake of elephant attacks

The farmers of Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri district have adopted unique methods of farming after the rampage attack of wild elephants. The farmers of the village started growing watermelons on the Teesta river bed on a large scale which is providing them a safe dwelling. According to the farmers, elephants coming from the nearby forests destroy their huts and farmlands but do not come in watermelon farmland which is a respite for them. The farmers planted watermelon seeds on the river bed and are getting a good response. Humans are capturing natural forests as a result of which animals are straying into the farmlands.