Botha-Bothe, Oct. 11 — The community of Mafika-Lisiu in Mononts’a has been strongly cautioned about the perils of pasture burning, as they have almost entirely burned away the grazing lands surrounding their community.
The warning comes from the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF), Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS), the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture and the District Administrator. They’ve realized that the community persists in burning pastures despite existing laws prohibiting such practices.
Addressing the community, Mr. Matooane Manama, Botha-Bothe Range Technical Officer, expressed concern over how the district is managing its pasture lands. He pointed out that the Land Husbandry Act of 1969 prohibits burning anything, even within one’s yard. However, residents of Mafika-Lisiu have been burning pasture lands around the village.