In April, the Yunnan province government set aside 4 million yuan (US$500,000) to compensate farmers for crops lost to hungry elephants, Xinhua said.
Wildlife officials are planning "dinner halls" of banana plantations and sugarcane planted several kilometres from villages to entice the animals away, Xinhua said. So far, 70 ha (170 acres) have been set aside.
Twenty years ago, Xishuangbanna had only 80 wild elephants compared to some 300 today.
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