A total of five garden owners are due to get Tk3.13 lakh for the nests
The government has allocated money as compensation for garden owners who have bird nests in their mango orchards in Khordo Bausa village of Bagha upazila, Rajshahi.
Forest officials, on Saturday, went to the orchards where the birds hatched and informed the gardeners about the allocation of funds.
A total of five garden owners are getting Tk3.13 lakh for the bird nests.
The allocation was made by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to the Department of Forests as compensation to the mango farmers, for the openbill stork nests in mango orchards at Khordo Bausa village, according to the forest department.
The five gardeners who are getting this allotment are: Manjur Rahman, Sanar Uddin, Shahadat Hossain, Shafiqul Islam, and Faruk Anwar. Forest department officials said the money will be given to the owners of the orchards through the local upazila nirbahi officer in a few days.
Openbill storks have caused a lot of damage to gardens and many tenants of the orchards want to break the bird nests to take care of their gardens. Various reports have been published online regarding the issue.
Supreme Court lawyer Pragya Parmita Roy brought this issue to the court and asked the court to give necessary directions in this regard.
The court order directed the Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner and Bagha Upazila Nirbahi Officer to submit a report to the court within 40 days of determining the probable amount of damage to the gardeners.