Insurance scheme for cattle lost to tigers mooted

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The Union Environment Ministry and the Department of Livestock and Animal Husbandry are exploring a scheme to devise an insurance policy that will compensate people who lose their livestock to tigers.

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  • A day after India declared that it had 2,967 tigers — a 33% jump since the last tiger census in 2014 — officials from several Ministries met on Tuesday to discuss ways to ensure that these gains were not lost.
  • The nearly 6% annual increase in the tiger population could mean mean at least 3,400 tigers by the next survey, and therefore increasing pressure on its habitat and on the occurrence of man-animal conflict.
    • Tiger occupancy has increased in the State of Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh.
    • Loss in North East is due to poor sampling. Madhya Pradesh has also registered a substantial increase in their tiger population and along with Karnataka ranks highest in tiger numbers.
    • The poor and continuing decline in tiger status in the States of Chhattisgarh and Odisha is a matter of concern
  • The growing tiger base, however, has also brought with it challenges of man-animal conflict, with reports of tigers preying on cattle and sometimes mauling humans who live in the vicinity of their habitat.
    • Currently, there is no policy on compensating people for such cattle lost because tiger reserves are no-go areas, and people and cattle are not supposed to be present.
  • Another plan discussed was to improve water conservation in forests, along with the Jal Shakti Ministry
    • Sustaining tigers is about sustaining its prey-base. He attributed the greater presence of tigers to more dependable water sources, and the presence of more chital and deer.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/insurance-scheme-for-cattle-lost-to-tigers-mooted/article28762404.ece

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