While scattering rainfall has been affecting cultivation of poppy seeds in Madhya Pradesh, the ‘opium-addicted’ parrots have added to the farmers’ sorrow. The farmers in Madhya Pradesh claims that they are incurring great losses, accused a group of parrots, addicted by opium.
Farmers of Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district said that the parrots, which feeds on poppy plants have reduced the final product. Their efforts to reach out to the authorities and use of loudspeakers have miserably failed.
An opium cultivator in Madhya Pradesh, Nandkishore said that they’re several requested to the district officials have been rejected. He continued that “One poppy flower gives around 20-25 grams of opium. But a large group of parrots feeds on these plants around 30-40 times a day and some even fly away with poppy pods. This affects the produce.”
Nandkishore claims that opium-addicted parrots have turned into a problem, adding that “we are already suffering because of uneven rain, and now this. Nobody is listening to our problems. Who will compensate for our losses?”
To restrict the opium-addicted parrots, poppy and opium cultivators are forced to guard their fields throughout the day and night.
The poor farmer claims, “We have tried making loud sounds and even use firecrackers to scare the birds. But nothing has helped.”