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Agriculture

AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Copperbelt Province lies in region III agro-ecological zone. The region receives an annual precipitation of greater than 1200mm. The province has a network of both seasonal streams and perennial rivers in addition to wetlands. The Kafue River which flows through most of the Copperbelt towns is one of the largest and longest rivers in Zambia. The general topography and landscape of the Copperbelt Province proves to favour high potential for gravity irrigation, availability of fertile land and surface water. The province has not fully developed and utilized its agricultural potential. Out of the total land mass of 3,132,829 hectares about 307,000 hectares are ideal for agricultural purposes. Currently only 130,000 hectares is under various crop production. Crop farming is the primary agricultural activity in the province. The region is suitable for both crop and livestock production. The crops cultivated include maize, wheat, soya beans, sweet potatoes and horticultural crops. These crops are used in the production of mealie meal, flour, and edible oils and beverages to mention but a few.

POTENTIAL INVESTMENT AREAS

Good network of communication mainly by road, rail and air makes it easy for the produce to be transported to the market. There is a also timely call by the government of the Republic of Zambia to diversify the economy on the Copperbelt from copper mining to agriculture. Situated 130 km from Kalulushi town and 70km from Lufwanyama town council is the Luswishi farm block sitting on 100,000 hectares of land in chief Shibuchingas area. Musakashi Irrigation Scheme of an estimated 2,000 hectares is situated 20km from Mufulira district and 30km from Kitwe town is another potential investment area. The area has a lot of potential for horticulture and agro processing industry.

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