Monday, March 27, 2006

Chilling Elephants

Africa likes it big and wild. In the developed world we have agricultural pests like rats and rabbits; Africa laughs and sends herds of elephants to pester its farmers. African farmers already face many considerable challenges but how can they cope with elephant populations which often run rampage on their land? How expensive would effective ‘Jurassic Park’ style fences cost and how could African farmers possibly afford them? Moreover the law isn’t on their side – elephants are protected. Thankfully someone has developed a simple cheap solution.
Elephants hate chilli! If you construct a twine fence smeared with crushed chilli-peppers you won’t have to worry about waking up to see elephants on your land, they never forget the sensation of chilli on the tips of their trunks. Many African farmers are now growing chilli peppers and what they don’t use as elephant repellent they sell as a cash crop.

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