A Bindura farmer was on Tuesday sentenced to 18 months in prison by Magistrate Moreblessing Makati for starting a veld fire that burnt another farmer’s inputs and properties worth around ZWL$16 000 on Sunday.
Wicklow Handiroya (67) of Ledbury Farm in Bindura started the fire on his property to clear land for the upcoming summer cropping season.
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However, the fire quickly spread out of control and burnt a tobacco seedbed, some shelled maize, tomatoes, inputs belonging to his neighbour, Paradzai Chikundura.
The fire also destroyed plastic farm machinery worth US$800.
Handiroya was spared jail time after he paid a ZWL$600 fine.