Chibombo is centrally located at the heart of Zambia and shares boundaries with Lusaka on the South, Kabwe on the North, Chongwe and Chisamba on the East and Mumbwa and Shibuyunji on the West, Kapiri-Mposhi and Ngabwe on North West and Mkushi Districts on the North Easte part. The administrative centre is about 93km from Lusaka and approximately 50km from Kabwe. It covers a total surface area of 8, 342km2 and a population of 199,626 with a growth rate of 2.6 %.
The District falls within one of the country’s most active agricultural region with significant tracks of arable land for crop and livestock agriculture. There is potential for mixed farming at both commercial and small scale level especially for crops such as maize, tomatoes, cabbages, soya beans, wheat and tobacco among others. Other agro activities include poultry and livestock farming with livestock being one of the mainstay of the District activities. Fish farming in the Lukanga swamp area is also steadily rising and presents a significant opportunity for investment in aquaculture to help meet the national fish deficit.
There is high potential for investment in agro processing ranging from fruits and vegetables to soya beans, tobacco and other grain crops as well as meat products and fish. The District is also one of the major players in the ranching-based agriculture, with a significant tonnage annually of animal skin thereby providing opportunities for leather, game and domestic animals skin processing industries.
Among the most significant tourist attractions in the District are heritage sites with species of birds endemic only to the District, especially around the famous Lukanga Swamps. The swamp area is also suitable for the location of aqua-marine based recreation activities such as sport fishing and boat cruises. However, what stands out for the District are traditional ceremonies especially for the Lenje people called Kulamba Kuwalo celebrated at the Likonde Lya Ba Nkanga shrine where the mother of the Lenje chief was buried. These offer opportunities for investment in the hospitality sectors such as hotel and lodge construction.
Agriculture is the major sector in the district therefore, there is potential for investment in the industries themed around Agro equipment, Processing and Services. This is a high numbers of livestock and game animals kept through ranching, there are opportunities for setting up leather processing plant to supply the local market as well as the regional and international markets.
The mining sector presents lots of opportunities as it remains largely unexplored despite the District having proved deposits of gold, iron ore, and granite. Investments in mineral exploration may need to be intensified to ascertain the mineral volumes in the district. The availability of limestone also provides an opportunity for quarry development to supply aggregate for the booming construction industry in the country and cement production.
District Comparative Advantages
The following are the district’s comparative advantages:
- Proximity to the major local markets and linkage to regional trade routes into the greater SADC region
- It is a transitory District, positioning it for hosting facilities such as lodges and guest houses
- Fertile soils, favorable climatic condition and plenty of land for crop and livestock agriculture
- Unexploited opportunities for agro-processing for the many fruits and vegetables as well as animal skins processing due to availability of livestock and game ranching in the District
- The District has unexploited tourism potential in the Lukanga swamps for bird watching