LAHORE – Opium farmers in India are complaining that addicted parrots are destroying their crops. The birds can in no time get addicted to opium once they consume it due to the fact that it gives them energy instantly.

According to the cultivator, one poppy flower produces around 20-25 grams of opium each, however, the farmers are suffering from the parrots feeding on the plants up to 40 times a day with “some even flying away with poppy pods.”

The farmers in Madhya Pradesh state say that along with a season of uneven rainfall, the parrots are having a serious impact on their yields.

Parrots have been raiding poppy farms since 2015, when it was first reported by local farmers and has continued to this day.