A new research innovation by a local environmental group is hoped to change the landscape by assisting in reclaiming land particularly in the Midlands where heavy land degraded has been witnessed due to the province’s rich mineral nature.

Mining activities in the Midlands have destroyed good vegetation with chrome miners in Shurugwi leaving huge pits that are threatening the Shurugwi-Zvishavane road infrastructure.

In a bid to curb this land degradation, government ordered the miners to cease operations and reclaim the now barren and ruined land.

A innovative solution to stop the headaches of restoring the vegetation has been unearthed after an pro-environment group Evergreen Solutions introduced a Seed Ball Concept which intends to scatter two million seed balls in the 2018/2019 agricultural season alone.

Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Larry Mavhima during commemorations of the World Tree Planting Day in Ruchanyu Shurugwi launched the Seed Balls Concept.

Seed balls are little balls of soil made up of a combination of nutrients, binder and seeds and can be thrown anywhere even the most inaccessible areas such as wastelands and mountains.

The seed balls ensure that the seeds are not eaten by birds, rodents and other animals.

Provincial forestry extension manager Mr Roderick Nyahwai said as a province they have targeted to grow 1.5 million trees which is achievable if all play ball and work as a unit.

As a country over 330 000 hectares of tree cover are lost annually, a phenomenon that will lead to desertification if not controlled.

This year’s Tree Planting Day ran under the theme, “Fruit Trees for Food Security and Nutrition”.