'Naga chilly' to scare away wild elephants
It is said to be used as a cure for stomach ailments and as a remedy to summer heat, presumably by inducing perspiration.
'Bhoot jolokia', a chilly pepper that grows mostly in
The DRDO and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are now working on developing the 'chilly' into a powder that could be coated on fences and ropes to scare away wild pachyderms.
"Two months back, a WWF experiment observed that the chilly could be a good scaring material. Its' powder when coated on fences and ropes that are erected on routes of the elephants can scare away the giants," RP Srivastava, director of the Tezpur laboratory of DRDO reiterated.
There is a proposal to start the experiment soon to validate this, and the DRDO and WWF are working to come up with an effective substance that can help in mitigating man-elephant conflict.
Tags: Naga Chilly , Pachyderms , DRDO , WWF
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