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”.