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    Sugarcane farmers killing environment with pesticides

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    CHIREDZI – Sugarcane farmers in Chiredzi are destroying environmental diversity with the use of pesticides which are killing organism and fauna.
    This was said by senior entomologist Dr Audrey Mabveni at a field day held by Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station in Chiredzi. She said sugarcane farmers should use natural management methods of organ-isms in the environment and avoid using toxic pesticides.
    “According to a research carried out in Hippo Valley, Triangle and Mwenezana, we noted that uncultivated land has the highest diversity and planting sugarcane decreases that diversity. We are therefore encouraging sugarcane farmers not to use pesticides but use management strategies that conserve the environment. Organisms like anthropods assist in naturally maintaining the pest population in the field so farmers should go back to our natural ways,” said Dr Mabveni.
    Dr Mabveni said farmers should maintain corridors between their farms and velds which most are grabbing to increase their fields. She encouraged farmers to leave cane tops in the field so that they decompose and improve soil texture.
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