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    Thursday, 19 September 2019

    Chinhoyi University starts research on climate change in Mwenezi


    MWENEZI – Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) is embarking on a research to assess the impact of climate change on the arid district of Mwenezi.
    The research programme which will also cover Chiredzi District was launched at Neshuro on September 5 by Elisha Moyo who is the principal climate change researcher in the Climate Change Management Department in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Climate and Rural resettlement.
    Dr Olga Kupika and Professor Never Muboko who are heading the research told stakeholders including chiefs gathered at Neshuro that some of the objectives of the project to discover the impact of climate change on the river flow system and livelihoods dependent on Runde and Mwenezi rivers.
    Making their contributions stakeholders expressed the concern that in times of disasters affected people are helped after the disaster and not before. They also bemoaned the fact that the rescuers in times of disasters are usually not conversant with the geography of the area where they are supposed to do rescue missions.
    They urged Government to ensure that it predicts and plans for disaster instead of planning after the disaster.
    Dr Kupika said that traditional medicines and insects that used to help people are getting extinct as a result of low rainfall caused by the change in climate.
    Chiefs present at the meeting embraced the research.
    Chief Neshuro expressed the concern that Mopani worms were disappearing and theses were a big source of income for the people of the district.
    “This year Mwenezi failed to harvest Mopani worms because they hardly breed. Can this be because of climate change or because of people who overharvested them in the last season? Please let your research also touch on that,” said Chief Neshuro.
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