CHIREDZI - Malilangwe Trust has donated equipment worth US$1 800 to Chiredzi Sub Catchment Council, a community based management project, for use in the fight against the spread of lantana camara in parts of Zaka and Chiredzi.
Lantana camara (rukato in Shona) is a wild invasive plant that out-competes crops and vegetables leading to reduced yields for farmers.
The donated equipment included mattocks, axes, picks, hoes and gloves.
Chief Ndanga of Zaka, Chief Tshovani of Chiredzi, CEO of Chiredzi Rural District Council; Isaac Matsilele and various councillors from the sub catchment council witnessed the handover.
Malilangwe Trust general manager, Tendai Hunzvi said most communities in Zaka and Chiredzi were affected the weed.
"We realised that some parts of Zaka and Chiredzi are being affected by lantana camara so the aim to is to help communities to completely remove this weed," said Hunzvi.
Matsilele praised Malilangwe Trust for being there for the community.
"I am humbled by this gesture from Malilangwe Trust. We find it remarkable to have stakeholders who are always there to help the communities," said Matsilele.
He said council was having sleepless nights over the spread of the weed and they had since set new bylaws to fight the weed.
Chairperson of the sub catchment council, John Mutomani also praised Malilangwe Trust for its commitment to the eradication of the weed.
"This is not their first time of helping communities but they are always there for the people. At one time, they helped in the mapping of areas that are affected by the weed. We are so grateful," said Mutomani.news