Palmyrah trees have been identified as a way of keeping wild elephants away from human habitats.
At a presentation convened by ‘Practical Action’, a non governmental organization, it was revealed that according to the studies conducted on elephant behaviour in remote areas, the elephants don’t cross Palmyrah fences. It has been learnt that the electrified fences erected to keep away elephants have failed. Elephant corridors have been obstructed by the expansion of human settlements.
Farmers from Vanathavilluwa of the Puttalam district said that cultivation of crops such as Manioc has become impossible. It was observed that an electrified fence will stand only for ten or twelve years while a Palmyrah tree will survive for more than 100 years. Farmers in the Trincomalee and Putalam Districts were said to have successfully used Palmyrah fencing to keep elephants away.