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Harvesting of wild fruits must be controlled

10 May 2019 at 22:44hrs | Views
The countryside flora and fauna is being decimated at an alarming rate with some urbanites sojourning in bakkies to collect firewood for resale. Robust trees are hacked down carelessly leaving areas bare.

Sometimes you see pickups laden with loquats (when in season) on way to towns resulting in wildlife human conflict as baboons and other primates kill chickens for food.

As we embrace devolution, provincial leadership, village heads and traditional leaders should seriously consider banning uncontrolled harvesting of 'mazhanje, tsubvu and matohwe'. Rural children also need fruits and shade which are in abundance only if it were not for some townsfolk who visit the countryside to plunder.

The provincial rural folk must be at liberty to harvest wild fruits and pick  known mushroom for sale alongside highways and at growth points for that extra dollar. Even artisanal mining can 'go devolutionary' to reduce cases of machete wars and to promote our youths.

School dropouts should not despair, for those from Mash. Central we have Chaminuka Vocational Training Centre where one can enroll for training in any of the numerous courses on offer. Tobacco farming is another viable option.

I call upon our achievers from the province to remember and consider ploughing back 'in roots'.

Thomas Murisa. Chinehasha.

Source - Thomas Murisa
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