2021, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Part A
Increasing monkey menace in Biswanath district of Assam, India: BNCA campus has become a paradise for Rhesus monkeys
Author(s): Arup Kumar Sarma
Abstract: A survey conducted in Biswanath district of Assam during 2020-12 has revealed that monkey has become a major threat to the crop-ecosystem in 29 out of 200 hamlets studied. Habitat fragmentation, conversion of forest area to agricultural land, shrinkage of food in natural environment, increasing tea cultivation etc. are the major reasons of the increasing menace. Their presence in some hamlets is consistent due to some favourable factors there; whereas, their absence in other villages is because of some prevailing impudent factors which have also helped intensifying the man-monkey conflict in the former hamlets. The district is likely to experience expansion in monkey’s territory in future. Biswanath College of Agriculture (BNCA), Assam Agricultural University has now become a paradise for Rhesus monkeys. Their increasing population is posing a threat to the buildings, crops, crop-cafeteria, orchards, livestock-farm and research-crops in the college campus. An urgent scientific intervention to prevent such increasing menace is felt needed both at the institute level and in farmers’ fields as well. The author urges to see the efficacy of the solar powered electric fencing at the institute level by adopting the model of Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan.
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Arup Kumar Sarma. Increasing monkey menace in Biswanath district of Assam, India: BNCA campus has become a paradise for Rhesus monkeys. Zool Entomol Lett 2021;1(1):05-11.