The forest department has planted 30,000 saplings in key elephant populated areas in Coimbatore district to develop green fodder banks.
The green fodder bank would reduce the growing incidents of man-animal conflict.The areas identified include Solakarai near Walayar, Athikadavu near Karamadai, Sadhanakola and Odanthurai in Mettupalayam, Thanikandi in Boluvampatti, Koodapatti in Periyanaickenpalayam and Kulukumaduvu near Sirumugai. "We have planted 4,000 plants including wild mango, wild jack fruit, Bamboo, Teak, Peepal and Banyan varieties in 15 hectares at Thanikandi. We would supply water to the plants from Thanikandi River. The green fodder scheme will be helpful in reducing the man-animal conflicts," said M S Parthiban, forest range officer, Boluvampatti forest range.
State government has allotted Rs3.45 crore to develop green fodder banks in the forests of Coimbatore district.