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Muzarabani villagers take lead in veld fire prevention

Villagers in veld fire-prone Muzarabani have set up committees to fight fires which have become a big threat to wildlife and the environment, destroying hundreds of hectares of vegetation annually.

As the fire season approaches, the villagers with the assistance of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) have started various projects that include creation of fireguards, hay balling, mulching grass harvesting and thatch grass harvesting.

During a tour of the area last week, villagers said they had come up with different initiatives to control the outbreak of veld fires to make sure that the fires were mitigated.

The villagers gathered at Nyandoro Primary School which apparently was gutted by veld fire a few years ago leaving pupils to learn in unconducive conditions.

Speaking at the school on Friday, the councillor for Batambudzi Ward 12, Crebas Chirapa, said villagers were now benefiting from preserving the environment through income-generating projects.

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