CHIREDZI - Chiredzi is one district which has immensely improved on the use of fireguard in Masvingo province, Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has said.
Speaking during the Provincial World Environment Day commemorations held at Sebanani Primary School in Ward 20 in Chiredzi, EMA Provincial Manager Robson Mavondo hailed villagers for implementing fireguards ain order to protect fire outbreaks in the district.
"We are happy that villagers here are taking into consideration the measures we have been teaching you to prevent veld fires. We are happy that this year you have come on the third position in the province," said Mavondo.
"Let's continue to work together to end veld fires, remember not to start any fire outside especially during fire season; that is, between July and October. Any offender will face three months imprisonment or $100 fine," he added.
Villagers were also urged to use nine mitre fireguards to protect their fields from veld fires and they were also encouraged to plant trees in order to compensate for the cut down trees.
Chiredzi had the highest rate of veld fire outbreak last year, a position which has since taken over by Mwenezi district this year.local