Zvimba RDC embarks on massive afforestation programme PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 December 2016 14:19

Zvimba Rural District Council is taking major strides in environmental conservation by undertaking a massive afforestation programme aimed at mitigating the effects of deforestation.

Part of the steps taken by Zvimba RDC to curb desertification in the district include the roping in of communities to have a culture of establishing woodlots by planting fast growing trees at household and ward level.

The RDC has taken it upon itself to raise about 350 000 gum tree seedlings which are offered to communities for free under a project piloted last year in ward 10.

The ward last year planted 17 000 gum trees.

The local authority says it embarked on the project after realising vast tracts of forests were decimated owing to high demand for firewood by tobacco farmers.

Ms Fainesi Bwakaya the Zvimba RDC environment officer also spoke about the project.

The local authority is also running a revolving fund to assist villagers establish biogas digesters as a way of promoting the use of alternative energy sources to wood.

The Chikomo family from Jonhera village that benefitted through the biogas project revolving fund speaks on the immense benefits of using the clean energy source.

Zvimba RDC is also promoting the concept of defacation free zones by undertaking awareness programmes that seek to promote proper disposal of human waste using latrines instead of the bush system.

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