By Sydney Gokomere
Lower Gweru, September 06, 2016 – THE Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in Midlands has donated fencing material to a local garden cooperative whose members were used to cutting trees and using them to secure the irrigation project.
EMA made the donation of a fence and poles to Sizalokuhle garden cooperative in Ward 14 in Maboleni under Chief Bunina.
Members of the cooperative have had sour relations with EMA over the years for cutting down trees for fencing.
“We have been engaging in running battles with EMA every year for cutting down trees to get poles to fence our garden,” said one of the members, Mthabisi Nyathi.
Nyathi thanked EMA and said the donation would go a long way in stopping cooperative members from cutting down trees.
The garden project has in its membership, 21 women and five men.
Another project member, Ephraim Cele said they benefitted a lot from the project as they sold vegetables, tomatoes, carrots and onions to Lower Gweru mission and surrounding areas to raise fees for the children.
EMA environmental district officer, Annastacia Mangisi said the agency intervened after realising that members of the project were contributing to deforestation by cutting down trees every year to fence their garden.
The agency also donated eight bags of cement for the construction of a toilet to prevent a situation where members relieve themselves in the bush.