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Elephants are destroying agricultural fields in Cuanza Norte province

Herds of elephants are destroying crop fields in the municipality of Cambambe, province of Cuanza Norte, denounced peasants in that region, who are asking the authorities for help with the situation.


According to José António, a peasant in the municipality of Cambambe, who spoke to Rádio Nacional de Angola, the elephants are destroying the production of manioc and kizaca [cassava leaves].

"We don't know what to do, we survived from the countryside, today, there is no countryside, hunger is ravaging", he said.

The problem, which also affects other areas, in the commune of Zenza do Itombe, according to the chief Adão Pedro, the population is leaving the area in search of safety, stressing that the mammals "are walking in a herd".

Mammals are destroying cassava, corn, sweet potato, ginguba [peanut] and sugarcane crops.

The person responsible for the environment in Cambambe, Andrade Munário, appealed to the population to remain calm, stressing that techniques are being created to keep animals away from the area.

The human/animal conflict in Angola dates back several years, more specifically since the end of the war, in 2002, with the return of animals to their habitat.

Cuanza Norte is one of the provinces facing the problem of elephants returning to their habitat, with the municipalities of Golungo Alto, Banga, Bolongongo, Cazengo and Ngoguembo being the ones with the greatest presence of mammals, which cause the destruction of extensive areas of cultivation. and encroachment on residential areas.

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