Former prime minister Deve Gowda expressed concern about the man elephant conflict in Malnad region.
At a press conference here on Sunday, he urged the State and Central governments to find a permanent solution to the problem, and that he would discuss the issue with the Chief Minister, Forest Minister and other authorities.
He said that the State and Centre were in a dilemma on combating the wild elephant menace, following a tussle between environmentalists and the government over development works.
He will also raise the issue in Parliament and suggest pro-farmer schemes and programmes.
Gowda visited coconut farms in different parts of the district and said he would hold separate meetings with farmers’ leaders, agriculture as well as horticulture scientists and senior officials, to solve the problems ailing coconut growers.
Gowda criticised the Centre for discriminating against sugarcane growers and small farmers. He said that the government should direct commercial banks to extend the loan repayment period for farmers by one year.