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EMA launches fireguards in Shurugwi

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Alvina Chiwanika


Shurugwi – As the summer season is almost upon the country and the Environment Management Agency (EMA) last month launched fireguards in Ward 18, Shurugwi.
The launch at Norman Farm was attended by EMA district officer Serevino Kangara, District Development Coordinator Romeo Shangwa and Tongogara Rural District Council (RDC) officer Matorofa Solomon. More than fifty farmers and villagers drawn from Manokore were also present at the launch.
The fire season officially begins on July 31 and ends on October 31. Kangara warned those found starting veld fires will be fined or jailed.
The launch involved roads fireguards to help stop veld fires.


Speaking at the occasion Kangara said the launch was done in Ward 18 because the area has the biggest risk of veld fires due to illegal gold mining activities that cause uncontrolled fires. He also said that the Ward is vast and the largest ward in the district. It has also been the most fire-ravaged ward in Shurugwi District.
Records indicate that 10 hectares of forest were destroyed by fire in the ward in 2021 and the whole district saw hectares being affected in the same period.
The worst consequence of veld fires in Shurugwi so far is that it destroys the ecosystem
Kangara also advised residents to form committees to co- ordinate their communities in fighting veld fires.
“We won’t hesitate to fine or even send you to jail if you start veld fires. It is important to conserve the environment. Ward 18 is the most fire-ravaged area in Shurugwi due to rampant illegal mining activities. We will make sure that more fire guards are built in all areas so that veld fires can be managed,” said Kangara.


Ward 18, councillor Golden Kapeta hailed EMA for mobilizing the community to fight against veld fires.
“I am happy that all Government departments are here on this important occasion. We have been taught how to prepare fire guards and we are already doing the exercises,” said Kapeta.
Shangwa also warned resettled farmers about the high risk of veld fires because of a lot of vegetation.
“Resettlement areas are also at very high risk because of plenty of vegetation. You have been taught on how to stop veld fire,” said Shangwa.https://masvingomirror.com

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