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Quail birds frustrate small grains programme in Chiredzi

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Quail birds frustrate small grains programme in Chiredzi



CHIREDZI – The Government’s call for farmers to shift from maize to small grains is being frustrated in Chiredzi by quail birds that are invading the district from Gonarezhou Game Park.
Ndhali villagers told the Minister Environment, Climate and Wildlife, Mangaliso Ndlovu at a meeting on Wednesday that small grains are proving to be worse than maize because they harvest nothing completely because of quail birds.
The meeting was an engagement between the Ministry and the community. Also attending the meeting were Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister, Ezra Chadzamira, District Development Coordinator (DDC) Lovemore Chisema, Chiredzi East Legislator, Siyaki Mundungehama and Chief Tshovani.
“You tell us to grow small grain crops but we get nothing because quail birds from Gonarezhou always destroy our crops and we are left with nothing, there is hunger every year caused by these birds,” said Fanuel Chizhombe.
Ndlovu said there is funding set aside to control quail birds and he was going to ensure that Chiredzi gets its allocation.
“I have heard you. I am sure there is an allocation for the control of quail birds so I will make sure that the problem is solved,” said Ndlovu.

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