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GWERU – The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has launched the anti-veld fire campaign for 2017 in Somabhula, Midlands Province ahead of the fire season which is approaching.
The launch was done last week on Wednesday at Somabhula Hall in Ward 15. Zimbabwe has over the years lost property, human life and the environment to uncontrolled fires that consumed large tracts of land.
The launch led by Gweru EMA Provincial Educator Timothy Nyoka saw guests visiting farms in Somabhula that have already made fireguards.
The theme of the launch was 'veld fires destroy the environment, life and property- prevent them'.
The launch was graced by Vungu RDC chief executive officer Alex Magura who urged the Somabhula community to protect themselves from fire as it is a dangerous factor that can destroy them.
"As we approach yet another dry season, farmers and all other property owners, this is the time to ensure that your farms and properties are protected by standard nine meter fire guards on either side of a boundary fence making a total of 18m", said Magura.
He also urged the Midlands Province to protect itself from these fires as  it has a large number of places affected by fire throughout history resulting in loss of life, property, crops and livestock.
The launch was also attended by representatives from Parks and Wildlife Authourity and Forestry Commission who also educated the Somabhula community on the importance of protecting their land.
Pupils from Tapiwa Primary School, Somabhula Primary and Secondary also attended the event as they were also being taught how to protect themselves from veld fires.
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