We wish this was April, so you could probably think of this one as an April Fool’s prank. But shockingly, this is happening for real. This might come as terrible news for all Yo Yo Honey Singh fans, but farmers in Uttarakhand are actually using his music to scare away wild boars!
Let that sink in.
Yes. As bizarre as it may sound, villagers there are really using his music to shoo away wild boars who have invaded their agricultural land. This has probably got to be the lowest point in Honey Singh’s life, till now at least!
So, wild boars have wreaked such havoc in Uttarakhand’s agricultural fields that the government has been forced to declare them pests and sanction their culling. That hasn’t helped much though, as the beasts are as strong as they are evasive. Farmers have now had a brainwave — and it seems to be working. They have put up loudspeakers that play the latest songs of Yo Yo Honey Singh and other Punjabi singers at full blast and that quite often enough to drive away not just the boars but other wild animals too!
Bishan Jantwal (48), a farmer at Dhari village of Nainital district, who has installed loudspeakers around his farmland to protect his potato crop, seems happy to see that the idea is working. “I used to hear from elders in the house that wild animals avoid places where there is a human habitat. I thought of playing music to let them know of human presence. And it has worked,” Jantwal said.
Gradually, others in nearby villages also picked up the idea, which has now become talk of the town.The setup includes calculated installation of logs on which loudspeakers are mounted -which are then connected to music systems in houses situated closest to agricultural fields. “Apart from party songs with high musical notes and loud beats, we also play bhajans which have similar effects over wild boars and other species like jackal, nilgai and others,” Jantwal added.