FAO rounds up stray livestock in Sri Lanka

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

Huge numbers of stray livestock are causing havoc for displaced farmers returning to the north of Sri Lanka, following the end of the 26-year civil war. Many animals were abandoned as farmers fled the violence and IRIN reports that up to 40,000 stray cattle are now on the move, causing significant damage to crops. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is leading the effort to round up stray herds and return animals to their rightful owners.

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  • Dr.C.K.Sivapalasingam( Former Provincial Director, Dept of AP&H, Northern Province.

    I am not agreeable with the number of the stray cattle mention in the article.Who has estimated the Number?.According to my knowledge it is much less than 40,000.I suggest to provide more fencepost and barb wire to the farmers who involve in cultivation.Almost all the farmers lost the fence during the war which they had around their paddy field before the onset of war.I totally reject the statement of the crop damages occur only by the stray cattle.All the cattle damage the crops regardless to the ownership as the paddy field are kept open. Allocation of sufficient grazing land away from the cultiviable land,is the another solution to prevent the crops from cattle.These cattle serve as an insurence to the farmers by providing stable income through out the year.These all have to be taken into the consideration while implementing any projects among the resettlers.

  • npalmer

    Many thanks for your your comment and the very useful suggestions. These figures were reported last week by IRIN – a news service of the United Nations. The report states that the figures come from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO).