US$20 000 to combat veld fires

US$20 000 to combat veld fires

02 May 2012

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Zimbabwe — The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) says it has this year set aside more than US$20 000 per district for programmes meant to reduce veld fires throughout the country.

As veld fires continue to be a major threat to the growth of the timber industry, causing massive destruction to the vegetation, homesteads and human life, EMA has intensified efforts to reduce the wild fires this year with US$20 000 set aside per district for educational awareness programmes.

In an interview, EMA Education and Publicity Manager, Mr Steady Kangata said all the 10 provinces have started programmes to educate the public on the need to desist from starting fires this season.

He said people need to change their attitude of veld fires yet most of the activities that cause veld fires can be avoided if people are vigilant.

Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Francis Nhema says his ministry will this year be working closely with chiefs who are empowered to deal with those who start fires.

He said his Ministry will this year double the 172 community based fire fighting sub-committees which were put in place last year.

Veld fires are slowly becoming a permanent scourge in Zimbabwe, causing terrible headaches for government authorities and law enforcement agents.

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