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    Villagers appeal for grazing in Gonarezhou as drought bites


    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Villagers from Chiredzi East and Chiredzi South are appealing to Government to allow them to take their livestock into Gonarezhou Game Reserve for grazing as more cattle die from the ravaging drought.
    The prevailing El Nino induced drought has so far killed 200 cattle due to lack of pastures and water.
    As a measure to decrease human and wildlife conflict,  Government through Zimparks and Veterinary Services Department is erecting a fence from Chipinda area to Gonakudzingwa to stop movement of animals from the park to communities.
    Speaking during a tour of the area on Saturday, Member of Parliament for Chiredzi South Retired General Kallisto Gwanetsa said the communities welcomes the electric fence but the issue of drought is forcing them to seek for access to the park under supervision. He said thousands of livestock are facing death while accross the fence there is abundant pastures.
    "They welcome the erection of the fence but this should be a temporary measure to save thousands of cattle which are facing death due to the prevailing drought. Their cattle should be allowed into the park under the watchful eye of people from the communities. We know there are diseases associated with wildlife like foot and mouth disease but diseases can be treated, not hunger" said Gwanetsa.
    Member of Parliament for Chiredzi East Denford Masiya said it was worrisome to note that there was poor workmanship on the part of those who were contracted to erect the electric fence as most parts are now damaged. He said the issue of capturing cattle which is straying into the park should be stopped since the fence is not intact.
    Tiyani Chauke of Chibwedziva said there is reduced presence of stray animals in their community due to the fence which is currently being erected. He said there are vast pastures in the park which were of their grazing lands when Government started erecting the fence.
    The fence is being erected with funding from international donors who are assisting Government in reducing human wildlife conflict.



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