Chennai:An increasing number of man-animal conflicts in Tamil Nadu have prompted the state government to come out with a plan to set up fodder resources in forest areas.

The proposal took seed after a suggestion by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Gautam Dey, following which the government accorded administrative approval for Rs 2,087 lakh on December 14 to create the resources within five year period between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

He said the department has been paying a "huge" sum as compensation for damage to agricultural land, especially caused by straying of elephants into fields and has proposed green fodder banks inside reserved forest areas.

 This plan is based on various factors like elephant feeding, immediate requirement and standardised nursery techniques of planting.