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EMA to introduce heavy penalties on veld fires in the next season

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By Locadia Mavhudzi
Environmental Management Agency (EMA) says it is set to introduce heavy penalties for veld fires in the next season amid revelation that Midlands Province lost about 250 000 hectares of land to veldt fires in the past two years.
EMA Midlands Provincial Spokesperson, Mr Oswald Ndlovu said veldt fires were rampant in resettlement areas as they were opening new arable land.
 Ndlovu urged communities to desist from deliberate lighting of fires for hunting and gold panning purposes, as these are some of the human activities that result in veld fires.
 Mr Ndlovu urged farmers to engage in projects such as beekeeping, hay baling and thatch grass harvesting not only helps in income generation, but also help in reducing veld fires.
The authority has also capacitated the local environmental committees in high fire prone areas such as Somabhula and Chirumhanzu to work with traditional leadership and institute bi- laws which deter community members from starting unnecessary fire.

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