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    308 Chirumanzu-Zivagwe farmers graduate in environmental courses


    – The MP for Chirumanzu-Zivagwe Constituency, Auxilia Mnangagwa has presented 308 community leaders from her constituency with certificates after they attended courses on sustainable environmental management.
    The leaders received their certificates at a function held at Mvuma Stadium.
    The training programmes which were held over 20 days and were initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate covered areas that include tree plantation, rehabilitating gullies, managing wetlands, honey production and land degradation.
    Trainers for the courses were drawn from the Forestry Commission, EMA, AREX, Parks and Wildlife and ZINWA and the actual training programmes took place in the respective wards including Mavise, UTHA, Bob swift and Musena.
    The Provincial Environmental Management Agency (EMA) manager for Midlands, Milton  Muusha said the training programmes were initiated after the realisation that farmers had limited knowledge or skills to manage their environments in a sustainable way.
    He also said there was a gap in capacitating communities to embark on sustainable environment management projects.
    "We started the program after realising that there is a gap in capacitating communities to embark on sustainable environment management projects," said Muusha.
    He added that the training program which is mainly targeting community leadership including traditional leaders, local government and opinion leaders capable of influencing development is done at constituency level and they have so far completed Mberengwa.
    He said the programme starts with constituencies held by Cabinet Ministers first and they hope to have completed the whole programme by December this year. 
    Mnangagwa encouraged members of her constituency to sustainably look after the environment.
    Mnangagwa congratulated the graduates and said the program is the first of its kind in her constituency. She said the training of community leaders is crucial since they will be able to train other members of the constituency on issues affecting the environment such as siltation and land degradation.
    She said almost 16 000 hectares were burnt in her constituency and with the training which local leaders received, she hoped these hectares will be reduced by next year.
    The farmers were also given trees to plant at the function.
    The event was also attended by the council Chief  Executive Officer Lovemore Chatikobo, council chairman Tapera Dzitirai and National Consultative Assembly member Clever Chako.
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