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98 hectares of mangroves that have been destroyed in RUFIJI DISTRICT

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    Growing demand for fertile ground and wetlands for paddy farms in Coast Region has led farmers to continuously clear mangrove forests in the Rufiji Delta, adversely affecting the ecosystem.


    The Rufiji District Forestry office says 38 hectares were cleared illegally between January and September this year bringing the total to 98 hectares of mangroves that have been destroyed in the last four years.

    Mr Henry Mallya, the Rufiji District Forest Officer, says the Rufiji Delta originally covered more than 53,000 hectares but controlling the destruction has not been an easy task.