December 2, 2021, 10:16 am

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This time the local monkeys are looking for food

Aminul Islam, Sakhipur (Tangail):

More than three hundred monkeys still survive in the Deobari area of ​​Sakhipur forest in Tangail under various adverse conditions. However, they always spend their days half-starved. In the agony of food crisis, they sometimes come to the locality in groups.

According to the locals, due to lack of food, they divided into two or three groups and attacked the local farmers to eat mango, jackfruit and vegetable gardens. Entering the house and eating the food cooked by the farmer. In the throes of hunger, they occasionally rush to the crowded area to eat the little bananas, biscuits or bread offered by visitors and curious people. This is how the monkeys have survived the war of life.

Locals said government assistance was needed to protect the monkeys. Otherwise they will soon become extinct. At one time, monkeys living in the forests of Shalagjari in Sakhipur and various species of endangered wild animals like Haritaki, Amra, Behera, Amalki, Bangkai, Tithijam, Piralu, Methoalu, Kul, Arbarai, Chichinga, Makal Fruit, Anati, Gadhi. They ran from one tree to another with joy. Apart from deforestation, these fruit trees have also been wiped out. So the monkeys have come very close to humans due to lack of food. They don’t even have a sanctuary. There is no provision of food even from government funds. Such information and images were found on the spot on Sunday.

Abdur Rauf Talukder, a local UP member, said the monkeys were taking refuge in a little protected forest as the Shalgazari was deserted. The monkeys have somehow survived on food as there are no herbs or fruit trees in the eucalyptus and acacia gardens. Their bodies have dried up. Wild monkeys, like other animals, will soon be lost without government support. Multiple locals expressed similar feelings.

Beheratail Range Forest Officer HM Ershad said there is no permanent allocation for monkeys. In the last one year, I got Rs 10,000 in two installments, which I spent on monkey food.

Sunirmal Chandra Bose, an assistant professor in the Department of Botany at Government Mujib College, said the extinction of these wild animals would lead to the loss of environmental balance. Climate and climate change, a variety of diseases and pests, rising temperatures and ecosystem problems can occur.

Chitra Shikari, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and president of the Environment and Forest Development Committee, said the government has no permanent allocation in this regard. In the current financial year, a small temporary allocation was made through the Upazila Parishad and the administration. A proposal has been made in the meeting of the district council to protect the wildlife.

Tangail Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) said. Mohammad Zahirul Haque said on his mobile phone that there are plans to provide food for the monkeys as per the demand from the next financial year.

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