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Zimbabwe: Environmental Conservation, Key for Future Agriculture

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ON Tuesday, Zimbabwe joined the remainder of the globe in celebrating World Atmosphere Day (WED) with varied actions to lift consciousness and proffer options on environmental challenges the nation is grappling with.

These embody air and water air pollution, deforestation, veld fires, destruction of wildlife and plant range and quite a few many others. The day is widely known yearly on 5 June and encourages consciousness and motion for the safety of the surroundings. The nationwide commemorations had been held on the Geo-Pomona waste administration facility in Harare.

This yr’s theme was: ‘Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience’ whereas the slogan the celebrations was: ‘Our land. Our future. We’re #GenerationRestoration.’

First held in 1973, it has been a platform to lift consciousness on environmental points like marine air pollution, overpopulation, world warming, sustainable growth and wildlife crimes.

WED is the day when individuals worldwide unite to rejoice the significance of environmental conservation and sustainability whereas highlighting the pressing want to handle environmental challenges.

In an interview on the significance of the day, Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Improvement chief agronomist Mrs Rutendo Nhongonhema mentioned it was essential to commemorate WED because it raised consciousness on the necessity to defend the surroundings particularly for farmers.

“You will need to defend the environment, as disturbing it’s going to result in deforestation, dam siltation and air air pollution, which impacts agriculture,” mentioned Mrs Nhongonhema.

She urged farmers to make sure sustainable agriculture practices which are climate-friendly and protect the surroundings for future generations.

Mrs Nhongonhema mentioned Authorities was rolling out consciousness campaigns beneath the supervision of the Environmental Administration Company (EMA).

In the meantime, EMA has since began operating environmental consciousness trainings throughout the nation.

EMA was in Zaka district, Masvingo, not too long ago the place it engaged 12 headmen and 47 village heads beneath Chief Nhema.

In the course of the coaching programme, conventional leaders had been enlightened on doable areas of collaboration with Authorities establishments in addressing environmental points affecting their varied areas of jurisdiction, which embody Lantana camara infestation, sand poaching, veld fires, stable waste administration, deforestation and soil erosion.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Forestry Fee, Agricultural and Rural Improvement Advisory Providers (ARDAS), Zaka Rural District Council and the District Improvement Coordinator for Zaka district additionally participated throughout the coaching and reiterated the significance of conventional leaders within the sustainable utilisation of pure sources in Zimbabwe.