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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