Farmers worry over loss of pastures to veld fires

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE recent outbreak of veld fires in Beitbridge District has irked livestock farmers who are facing the possibility of running out of pastures.

The development has become a major source of worry for farmers whose livestock relies on the grazing land. 

“This is an unpleasant development, we cannot allow that to continue as our livestock will have no pastures,” said a farmer.

“No sane person can wantonly start fires after we experienced the worst cattle deaths in the past three years, we need to police each other to make sure that those found responsible are brought to book,” said a livestock farmer.

Beitbridge Environmental Management Agency District Officer, Mrs Nompumelelo Chigwinya warned would-be offenders that the law will take its course.

“We have assessed the extent of damage caused by the recent fire outbreak. We urge people not to leave fires unattended. Especially those waiting for transport by the highway, they should make sure to put away fires before they board,” said Mrs Chigwinya.

Beitbridge District is in the process of re-stocking cattle and goats after the worst period in terms of livestock deaths due to drought in the past three years.