Thursday, October 18, 2018

Activity Update August 2018: IUCN Pench-Bor Corridor



IUCN – August 2018
Mandar Pingle – Conservation Officer
Nilesh Telang – Field Assistant


·      Assisted two young villagers from Telgaon to set up mushroom cultivation unit
·      Arranged meet of Jai Seva Mahila Bachat Gat from Bidgaon; Panchayat Samiti extension officer present
·      Information regarding crop damage provided in Telgaon, Lohgad, Bidgaon, Temburdoh
·      Assisted one villager from Bidgaon to file for crop damage compensation
·      Assisted villager from Jaitgad near Bidgaon to file for compensation for goat killed by leopard
·      Rescued two rat snakes from Telgaon, villagers co-operate during rescue


During August, Satpuda Foundation assisted two unemployed young villagers -- Shubham Gaidhane and Suchit Thakare – in setting up a mushroom cultivation unit in Telgaon village. Shubham and Suchit had taken part in mushroom cultivation training provided by Satpuda Foundation earlier, in July. A unit of 100 kg production capacity was set up by the young villagers. They invested Rs 2,000/-. Satpuda Foundation team also assisted them to market the mushrooms. They have received orders for their mushrooms from supermarkets and vegetable vendors in Nagpur. They will be selling the mushrooms at a rate of Rs 250 to Rs 300 per kilogram.

On August 10, Satpuda Foundation organised a meeting for members of Jai Seva Mahila Bachat Gat, Bidgaon village. During the meet, Extension Officer for Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission, Mr. Roshan Lakadkar provided guidance to the members of the group on starting micro enterprises. He gave information regarding various schemes being implemented by the Panchayat Samiti for self-help groups. Nilesh provided suggestions about micro enterprises suitable for the members of Jai Seva Mahila Bachat Gat.

On August 2, Nilesh provided information to villagers of Telgaon on the procedure to apply for crop damage by wild animals. During the meet, 25 villagers were present. Forest Guard Mr. Pauljhagade was also present during the meet. Nilesh read and explained the government resolution for compensation on crop damage by wildlife.

A similar meeting was organised for villagers of Lohgad on August 6 and for villagers of Temburdoh on August 5.

On August 4, Nilesh assisted Kamlakar Sarode, villager from Bidgaon, to apply for compensation for crop damage done by wild boars. On the night of August 3, wild boar damaged the cotton and toor crop in Kamlakar’s farm. Kamlakar requested Nilesh to help him apply for compensation. Nilesh helped Kamlakar to prepare all requisite documents and apply for compensation at the Range Forest Office, Khapa.

On August 11, Satpuda Foundation team rescued two non-venomous snakes (rat snakes) from Telgaon village. The snakes were inside houses and hence needed to be captured and released. On July 12, Satpuda Foundation had shown a documentary on snake bite prevention and snake conservation in the weekly bazaar of Telgaon village. As a result, the villagers, instead of killing the snakes, informed our Satpuda Foundation team and requested help. Mandar Pingle immediately informed Forest Guard Mr. Pauljhagade of Kalmeshwar range. After the safe capture of the snakes, Satpuda Foundation’s team and Pauljhagade released them in a forest patch away from the village. Young villagers from Telgaon helped keep the villagers calm during the rescue. Later Mandar requested villagers to keep their homes and surroundings clean to avoid such conflicts.

On August 31, Nilesh assisted Mr. Eknath Ranji Telkar, a villager from Jaitgad near Bidgaon in Saoner taluka, to apply for compensation for a goat killed by a leopard. On the night of August 30, a leopard killed a goat in the farm of Mr. Eknath. Eknath requested Nilesh to help file for compensation. Nilesh informed the Round Officer for Kelvadh, Mr. Rewatkar, and Forest Guard Mr. Munde. Nilesh helped Mr. Eknath to prepare an application along with the necessary documents. He also requested Mr. Eknath to not leave his livestock in the open during the night to avoid such conflicts in future.

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