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Our loquats our fish, devolution for development

25 Oct 2019 at 14:06hrs | Views
The month of October in Mash. Central comes with a lot of forest goodies and wild freebies. Loquats (mazhanje) are now in season and most people are making a beeline for the forest to pick these juicy and delicious wild fruits that come generously in large quantities.

School children use their weekends 'fruitfully' as they swam the loquats forest to pick both for home and market. Urbanites are the 'terrible' lot since they come in bakkies not only picking the ripened fruit but also shaking those not ripe off the tree for resale in towns and cities.

Mountain primates are now facing food shortages as their 'pizza' is carted to Harare by the inconsiderate fortune seekers.

I think EMA must regulate how these 'mazhanje' are harvested. Wholesale collections need be curtailed so game and humans can share equitable to avoid conflicts. Those into fishing are counting good days since when hot the catch is big.

Many are leaving dams laden with more than they need. Fish vending has become big business not forgetting the pot where kids and adults are stampeding for supper to sample what the dam has to offer.

Opening a butchery this side is like taking coal to Hwange for sale. One should be able to sell fridges to the Eskimos to sell meat here, plenty tasty big fish. Poachers are not welcome and the dams are jealously guarded so no excitement.

Devolution for development. These are our loquats our fish.

Thomas Tondo Murisa. Chinehasha.

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