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again in November. In 2010, the quantity had increased to 33.6 tons which cost about US$5,000.


This is organised by Kilma Manso who formerly worked for the wildlife police, catching parrot traffickers. She is passionate about preventing Lear’s Macaws from being shot -- which is what happens when the poor farmers of this inhospitable region have their crops devastated.


During my visit in September 2013, we went with her to one of the farms to see a corn crop that had been totally destroyed. Some farmers are sanguine


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about this, now that they know they will be given vouchers to exchange for sacks of corn, after Kilma has assessed the amount of crop damage. Most farmers know about the corn subsidy programme and take part. This is not a cheap scheme. More than 1,000 sacks of corn will be needed every year. This is not easy. Kilma must cover more than 5,000 square km (1,930 square miles) -- an immense area.


In early March Kilma e-mailed me as follows:


I have just returned from another field expedition to survey the corn fields


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