Guwahati, Aug. 13 -- A cluster of villages in Assam's Nagaon district have found a way to reduce the Man-Elephant conflict and keep their crop by setting aside a meal zone for the wild elephants.

Around 600 poor farmers of 12 villages in the Ronghang and Hatikhali area in the central Assam district have donated 203 bigha (around 33 acres) of community land and took turns to plant paddy exclusively for the elephants that often come down the hills of the adjoining Karbi Anglong district.

Every year, the wild elephants come down the hills in search of foods and destroy the paddy fields of the farmers of the area.

Many wild jumbos and people have died in the Man-Elephant conflict in the area in past times.

Aiming to reduce the Man-Elephan...