Tsetse Fly Irradication

Attempts to reintroduce the use of DDT, a pesticide used for controlling the tsetse-fly, (which is common in Zambezi valley lowland areas) have met strong resistance in Zimbabwe.   In the 1990s, the Zambezi Society was invited to sit on the National Coordination Committee for Tsetse and Tripanosomiasis Control and, together with a majority of other stakeholders voted against the use of DDT in tsetse control operations, favouring other, less environmentally-damaging controls such as target barriers.

The Society has retained this seat ever since, ensuring that the conservation objectives of the Society are incorporated into decisions on tsetse control within the Zambezi basin area.

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