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BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Septem­ber 17, 1966 — Four of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, led by Mr Alan Sa­vory, a con­sult­ing ecol­o­gist, leave by air on Mon­day for the Or­ange Free State to see re­claimed drought-stricken land which is pro­duc­ing fine graz­ing and car­ry­ing more cat­tle than be­fore.

Mr Sa­vory is cam­paign­ing to con­vince ranch­ers that im­proved graz­ing plan could dou­ble and tre­ble the cat­tle car­ry­ing of their ranches. He is try­ing to con­vince them, and the gov­ern­ment that Rhode­sia’s “dy­ing lands” are not be­ing de­stroyed by drought or by over­stock­ing, but by the years of bad graz­ing prac­tices.

“Most of our ranches have been over­grazed. But that is not the same kind of thing as be­ing over­stocked”, he says. He hopes to prove this by tak­ing the party of­fi­cials to a recla­ma­tion scheme at Spring­fontein, where less than 3in. of rain has fallen in each of the past two years.

The Spring­fontein lands are car­ry­ing nine times as many cat­tle to­day as in the years when rain­fall av­er­aged 17in Mr Sa­vory said yes­ter­day. “In fact, our great­est dif­fi­culty is put­ting this scheme into oper­a­tion in Rhode­sia would be to find suf­fi­cient do­mes­tic stock. Schemes for Rhode­sia have to be mod­i­fied to match the do­mes­tic stock avail­able”.

In short, said Mr Sa­vory “we need many times as many cat­tle as we have, to im­prove our graz­ing to the ut­most po­ten­tial of the non­s­e­lec­tive graz­ing scheme”.

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