nhema-francis.jpgEnvironment and Natural Resources Management Minister Cde Francis Nhema has called on rural and farming communities to protect the environment and the ecosystem from uncontrolled fires considering that last year more than ten lives were unnecessarily lost while millions of hectares in forestry  and pastures were destroyed.  
Zimbabwe will commemorate the National Fire week in Matabeleland South in Insiza on Wednesday the 12th of May next week with the aim of reducing veld fires.

 

In an interview,Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister Cde Francis Nhema said uncontrolled fires have become a cause for concern in the country as they are destroying vegetation, animals, and other natural resources which are a source of people’s livelihoods.

 

Environmental Management Agency, EMA spokesperson Mr. Steady Kangata said his organisation is out in full force educating rural communities on early warnings systems, fire prevention and fire preparedness as well as issuing out orders to those who do not have standard fire guards in farms and rural areas.

The commemorations which will be held under the theme “Prevent uncontrolled fires – Protect our heritage for future generations,” marks the beginning of community awareness on fire management.

 

Last year the country lost about 950 905.2 hectares of plantations and pasture to veld fires out of 7 409 fire incidents.