No to Stream Bank Cultivation This Seazon

Stream Bank Cultivation is a serious environmental challenge affecting water bodies in the country. Zimbabwe is an agro-based economy and the agriculture sector has over the years been contributing significantly to employment creation and the Gross Domestic Product. Most communities derive livelihoods from horticulture which has a lucrative local market. However, the issue of environmental sustainability when undertaking such activities needs to be emphasized so that water bodies are preserved from degradation and siltation.

All farming activities should be done at least 30 metres away from the highest flood level of any wetland and water body, be it a dam, lake, river, stream or weir.Cultivating within 30metres from the highest flood level of the bank of a water body is Stream Bank Cultivation. This practice is not sustainable and it renders the environment unapt to provide its functions of life support to humans, wildlife and vegetation.

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Farmers are an important stakeholder in environmental management. Their work on the farm has direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Farmers are encouraged to ensure sustainability of their operations so as to enjoy the full benefits of environmental resources. Failure to protect the environment will result in decreased yields over time.

The use of organic and biological controls for pests, herbs and plant growth enhancement is the most ideal, in the interest of preserving the environment especially pollution prevention. However, where chemicals should be used, precaution should be taken to ensure human safety as well as a clean environment. Most of the chemicals that are used on farms; pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, among others, are classified as hazardous substances.

The following Dos and Don’ts are necessary when handling such substances on the farm:


1. Use appropriate protective clothing to be safe from the harmful effects of hazardous substances.

2. Know your pest(s) and consider alternatives before you treat with pesticides

3. Read the label carefully before you purchase the pesticide

4. Choose the form of pesticide best suited to your target site and the pest you want to control

5. Transport pesticides securely stowed in a labelled car trunk, in the back of a truck away from passengers, food stuffs and animal feed.

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The Zimbabwe Code on Corporate Governance promotes good governance and high standards of integrity.  In line with this code, the Environmental Management Agency is committed to promoting sound corruption, bribery and fraud prevention mechanisms. Every employee of the Environmental Management Agency who knows or suspects any illegal, dubious or fraudulent activities occurring within the Agency should report them via WhatsApp, toll free or the website. Similarly, all stakeholders who are aware or suspects any illegal and dubious business activities involving Agency employees, suppliers and third parties are requested to report the issues on the mentioned platforms.  The Agency has a zero tolerance to corruption policy.

To report corruption anonymously please use the following channels:

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About EMA

The Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment. It was established under the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] and operationalised on the 17th of March 2003 through SI 103 of 2003.

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