Chisamba District Profiles
Chisamba District is located in the central part of Zambia and covers a total surface area of 5, 526 sq.km. The District is one of the recently created districts and is known for its agricultural activities with over 32,000 small scale farming families and 256 commercial farmers. It shares borders with Lusaka, Chongwe, Chibombo, Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi and Luano Districts. The District has a total population of 103,983 of which 51,955 are females and 52,028 are males.
Chisamba district lies in the region that has one of the most favorable rain patterns across the central region and falls on the country’s fertile belt that extends from the western reaches of the province through to the easterly-northeast into Mkushi. Chisamba as an area has always been renowned to be championing the agriculture sector in the country even before it was declared a district. The consistency in the climatic and geographical character of the district presents it as one of low-risk potential investment areas in agriculture due to environmental predictability.
The high number of farmers (both small scale and large scale) in the District makes it attractive for setting up agro processing industry for various products including tomatoes, water melons, cucumber, butter nuts and various vegetable crops.
With one of the biggest dam construction project in the country in recent years – Momboshi Dam Project at a cost of twenty million dollars (USD$20 million) – the district is setting itself up for a diversification strategy within the agriculture sector, with the aim of adding aquaculture production and development to its portfolio that has been predominantly crop and livestock based. Investment opportunities in agro-industry for processing and packaging of foodstuffs such as jam, fruit concentrates, vegetables and tomatoe processing, dairy processing, meat processing and honey remain ripe for exploitation.
Although Chisamba is predominantly known as an agriculture district, it has a number of mineral deposits specifically in Mwantaya ward. Explorations are encouraged to assess the mineral grade and value. Currently, the known mineral deposits in the district include; Gold, Copper, Iron Ore and Silver. Despite this sector not being significantly explored it offers huge investment opportunities which once exploited could be a game changer.
Tourism opportunities in the District can be through the creation of garden routes through the vast farming area and the newly constructed Momboshi Dam which offers opportunities in water-based recreation such as speed boats cruises and sports fishing. This can supplement the renowned food and beer festival that is held annually called the October-Fest. This can also open up opportunities for investment in lodges and hotels to host tourists in the district.
There is huge potential for investment in such areas as animal skin processing into leather and agric-tech equipment servicing for the ever booming agriculture sector. The district has a great potential to expand the food processing sector which can significantly scale up production if cultivation is done for the Industries. The fact that the District produces a lot of agriculture products, investment in value addition industries would certainly yield the desired return on investments.
District Comparative Advantages
- It is on a major rail and road transport network and is a transitory point to markets in Zambia and the surrounding regions
- It has an already established electricity and communication systems
- Fertile soils, favorable climatic conditions and plenty of land for agriculture and livestock production
- Unexploited significant and marketable tourism potential
- The district is only 60km away from Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda international airport – with a direct route under construction