Mumbwa district profile
Mumbwa District is situated about 140Km from Lusaka and has a population of approximately 176, 620 of which 88,762 are females (50.3%) and 87,858 are males (49.7%). Its average annual Population Growth Rate stands at 3.2%, and the population distribution is 10.7 per square Kilometer. The District has a total land size of approximately twenty three thousand eight hundred square kilometers (23, 800km2).
Agriculture and Agro Processing
Mumbwa has large pieces of both pasturable and fertile arable land and favourable climatic conditions which support large scale agriculture. The main crops that could be produced include maize, cotton, soya beans and sunflower among others. The Kafue basin also provides a good grazing ground for livestock farming which currently includes; cattle, sheep and goat. The district’s dambos, perennial rivers and streams as well as a good yield of ground water makes it an ideal destination for various forms of agriculture including irrigation supported Agriculture and Fish Farming. With increased investments in agro production and processing, the District has potential to increase its productivity and meet the demand both locally and across borders into the SADC and COMESA region.
The District has unexplored mining and quarrying potentials due to lack of large scale investment in the sector. Currently , large scale investments are encouraged as opposed to small scale segmented mining activities at artisan level. The key mineral endowments of the district include;
The main tourist attractions in the District are the Kafue and Blue Lagoon National Parks both of which are renowned for their rare wildlife and bird species and bird sanctuaries. Among the most common wildlife are; lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, buffalos, waterbucks and wild dogs among others and various bird species. Other notable tourists sites in the District include the Mumbwa Caves which depict life in the Stone Age and Chipushi hot springs. Therefore, investments in accommodation and transportation coupled with the District’s proximity to Lusaka (approx. 140km from Lusaka) and abundant wildlife would make it a force to reckon with in the tourism sector in Zambia and the region as a whole.
Most of the District’s products both from the Agriculture and Mining Sector are traded in their raw form. Therefore, investments in manufacturing would ensure value addition be it to the agro-products or various mineral deposits. Available options include; fish processing, milling plants, peanut butter processing, cooking oil making industries, shoe making industries and mineral processing (polishing of precious and semi- precious minerals) among others.
The District has great potential for development of the energy sector through solar plantations. Currently, a solar plantation is underway and would be critical in addition to the current energy demand both locally and for export. There is potential in the energy subsector particularly in relation to solar energy production because of huge pieces of land available in the District.
District Comparative Advantage
- Has easy access to the market through good road network to support investment.
- Availability of Government institutions and banking facilities
- Availability of fertile land for agriculture
- Availability of mineral resources
- Availability of forest resources such as honey and timber
- Abundant wildlife in the Kafue National Park and the Blue Lagoon National Park
- Favorable climatic conditions for large scale agriculture production
- Potential for processing industries due to availability raw materials in the agriculture and mining sectors
- Availability of both skilled and unskilled labour.
- Presence of hydro-power energy and telecommunication system
- Transitory district to western province and countries such as Angola and Namibia
There is enormous potential for infrastructure development in the District. This is primarily because the District has remained predominately rural yet is highly endowed with natural resources and about an hour drive from Lusaka. Investments in infrastructure through a Public Private Partnership model would help in opening up the district and position it to fully realize its potential in Tourism, Agriculture and Agro-Processing, Mining and Manufacturing industries.