Chitambo District, one of the recently created districts in Central Province, is located some 357km North of Kabwe along Great North Road. It shares borders with Serenje, Samfya (Luapula Province), Lavushimanda (Muchinga Province) and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has an estimated population of 48,861 people according to the Central Statistical Report of 2010.
Agriculture and Agro-processing;
Chitambo District has a very good rainfall distribution throughout the rain season favoring any agriculture production. In addition, the district soil profile supports crop agriculture especially leguminous crops such as beans, soya beans and pigeon pea. Other crops that have high potential and can be grown in the district include; ﬁnger millet, sweet potatoes, groundnuts, sunﬂower, pumpkins, water melons, pineapples, and vegetable crops that are grown oﬀ-season. The District boasts of having over 15,000 small-scale farmers.
Therefore, with high number of small scale farmers and wide variety of crops produced in the District, opportunities exist for investment in Agro Processing and packaging of the crops produced. The many small scale farmers could easily form out-grower schemes to support sustained supply of the required input for processing to eastern markets via Tanzania, western markets via Congo DRC and locally.
Chitambo District is one of the uniquely endowed districts in terms of tourism in the province having the Kasanka National Park, which has the world’s largest mammal migration of several millions straw-colored fruit bats every October to December. The District also hosts the David Livingstone Memorial site where the remains of Dr. David Livingstone were buried. The Bangweulu wetlands and plains are habitat of the black lechwe which is endemic to the region and provides a hotspot for bird watching. In addition, the Luapula Bridge which is 3 Kilometer-long has a scenic view of the Luapula River.
The District has the Nsalu caves which contain some of the best examples of Africa’s schematic rock paintings. With the above endowments, the District offers diverse opportunities for investments ranging from hotels and lodges to campsites and tour operating services.
The district’s mining sector remains unexplored. The geological surveys conducted shows presence of minerals listed below and presents huge opportunities for investment.
iii. China Clay
iv. Iron ore
There is high potential for investment in quarrying especially with a steady rise in the construction industry owing to the District being under significant infrastructure developments since its creation few years ago.
With abundant land and all year round sunshine the District offers opportunities in solar power generation. The district has good supply of electricity, good road network connecting the raw material producing areas and marketing centers. With ongoing investments in infrastructure development such as roads and railway line, the District has a good link to the Congo DRC and an investor would have easy access to the central, eastern and northern sections of Zambia.
District Comparative Advantages
The following are Chitambo District’s comparative advantages:
i. The District is positioned on two trunk roads; Great North Road and Chitambo- Mansa Road. Also, the Tazara Rail Line transverse through the District.
ii Favorable rainfall distribution throughout the rain season crop and livestock agriculture production
iii. It’s the only place in the world with the largest bat colony, the world’s largest mammal migration of this kind happens here in chitamba district at the Kasanka National Park , a phenomenon that must be seen and has massive potential to promote tourism
iv. Much of the land is undulating favoring the use of mechanized farming which could support high production
v. The District has vast tracks of alluvial soils that can support organic agriculture
vi. The District is traversed by a number of streams and rivers with water running throughout the year, dam formation for water storage can be done to support irrigation farming.
vii. The district is endowed with unique natural and historical sites, that can promote tourism
viii. Potential to develop mining of manganese, China Clay and Iron Ore