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Minister: Pay greater attention to veld fire control

Minister: Pay greater attention to veld fire control
Mangaliso Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean politician and Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. He is a member of the ruling party, Zanu PF, and a member of parliament for Bulilima East Constituency. He is the former Minister of Industry and

Minister: Pay greater attention to veld fire control

By | Kelvin Matore

Mangaliso Ndlovu, Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, has asked stakeholders and policymakers to put more effort into veld fire control.

He was speaking during a news conference on Zimbabwe’s National Veld Fire Awareness Week, which takes place in the second week of May each year.

The week was set aside for the transmission of knowledge on veld fire prevention and ecosystem conservation.

According to the Minister, the week is governed by the Veld Fire Management Plan and Implementation Strategies from 2006, as well as yearly plans created for each year.

“Through government efforts such as Command Agriculture, we have made tremendous headway in tackling food security challenges; crop and livestock components, and therefore the necessity to preserve this harvest from veld fires.”

“The goal is to develop a self-sufficient and food surplus economy based on the idea that a protected environment fosters the growth of both agricultural and livestock production sectors.”

“If we don’t put enough effort to prevent veld fires, we risk losing the hard-earned crop yields and animal forage, derailing all our efforts of reviving our national economic status to the Upper Middle Class we aim for in 2030.

“Veld fires are, indeed, an environmental challenge given their wanton destruction of the environment, life, property and agricultural harvest,” said Minister Ndlovu.

He added: “Each year, the country loses an average of a million hectares of forests and grasslands to veld fires, depriving wildlife and livestock of pastures.

“Fire has unquestionably turned into a foe rather than a friend, and as a result, its control is a key issue in the National Development Strategy” (NDS1).

“We are now working on the necessary adjustments to the statutory instrument in question.”

“My Ministry has partnered with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Development on the anti-veld fire effort, and the two are working together.”

“Through different techniques, the Ministry is also involving traditional chiefs and other local leaders in veld fire control, so that they may disseminate information to their people and convict violators in their courts.”

“All stakeholders should contribute.

I’d also like to encourage everyone to be alert and to press important stakeholders to pay their dues.

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