The 67-year-old harvests 100 quintals of lemon on an average per year. Since the trees, planted at a spacing of 25 feet each, don’t grow too high, he is also able to take vegetables as intercrops round the year.
As many as 23 Asiatic lions had died in Sarasiya Vidi in Dalkhaniya range of Gir (east) forest division in Amreli district between September 12 and September 29. Laboratory tests had confirmed that at least 17 of them died due to CDV.
The crop-cutting exercise in Amreli district started around two weeks ago and is likely to go on for three more weeks. Representatives of insurance companies, district panchayat and farmers are jointly conducting the crop cutting experiments under the supervision of revenue officers.
The 23 lion deaths have been reported from Sarasiya Vidi in Dalkhaniya range of Gir (east) forest division in Amreli district. While 11 lions died between September 12 and 19, the tally went up to 23 by second of this month as 12 more lions died mysteriously.