The Harare City Council (HCC) has put in place measures to regulate urban farming in a bid to curb land degradation around the city, with the residents now expected to apply for permits with effect from next season.

In an interview with ZBC News, HCC spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said those who wish to engage in farming in areas around the city, will now have to seek clearance from council.

“We have put in place measures to regulate urban farming and people will now have to apply for farming permits from our district offices,” he said.

Mr Chideme added that unregulated urban farming has had some negative effects as some fields are along pathways resulting in people being assaulted or murdered as thugs are finding cover in the fields.

He said the issue of uncontrolled urban farming has also resulted in massive land degradation resulting in the siltation of water sources such as Lake Chivero.

“We also had cases of people being assaulted and murdered because thugs would hide in the fields particularly during rainy seasons. Also we are trying to minimise siltation of our dams that come as a result of urban farming,” added Mr Chideme.

Urban farming has become a source of food security for most people in cities and towns around the country.

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