Ngabwe District is located in the North Western part of Central Province and has total land area of six thousand nine hundred and sixty three kilometer squared (69063.37km) It is about 143 km from the Provincial Headquarters, Kabwe and 96 km from Mpongwe District on the Copperbelt. The District population currently stands at 36,180 according to the current projections of Census of Population and Statistics. Being one of the newly created Districts with a fast growing Population, it is still predominately rural with a lot of potential for investment in various sectors especially in Infrastructure Development, Agriculture, Mining and Energy. Government Policy to encourage investment in newly created districts also serves as a key attraction point for investing Ngabwe District as there are likely to be incentives to investors wishing to undertake investments in various sectors in the District.
KEY INVESTMENT POTENTIAL AREAS
The District is an attractive investment destination in agriculture primarily because of the availability of fertile land making it suitable for commercial farming in different crops and livestock. The District’s low population density further implies that there is still a lot of land available for investment in Agriculture. There is high potential for investment in large scale production of various crops such as Maize, Rice, Wheat, Sugar canes and Soya beans among other. There is abundant pasture to support large scale livestock production and processing, High potential for investments in Fishing Farming, Processing and Packaging
The District has a stretch of about 120km of the Kafue River passing through it and this is one of the tourist attractions. There is the Lunga Luswishi Game Reserve which has a lot wildlife including Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes and many others. The District has very high potential for investments in Sports Fishing dues to availability of the Kafue River. Investment in hotels and lodges to service the ever growing influx of technocrats and other visitors.
Samples of Copper and Gold have been traced in the District mostly at artisanal level. Therefore, there is high potential for large scale mining and mining exploration in various minerals to fully exploit the identified potentials. There is high potential for investment in Sand Mining and Quarrying to support the emerging Infrastructure development in the Districts. The fact that the District shares boundaries with Copperbelt Districts which are rich in various minerals and precious stones such as emeralds, there is potential for mining and mining exploration to ascertain the large-scale mining potential of the area.
There is high potential for investments in manufacturing primarily because the District currently has no substantial manufacturing activities. The availability of land and other naturals resources coupled with a relatively high rural population further enhances the District potential to assert itself as a key manufacturing hub providing links to the Copperbelt and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and other local towns for its products and services. The current presence of a rural based agro economy mostly of raw products provides investment opportunities in Agro Processing Industries and Manufacturing. Investment is water transport and road infrastructure under Public Private Partnership would be of great gain to both the Investor and the Community especially now that the District has not fully opened up.
The District has potential for investment in the energy sector both hydro and solar energy. This is particularly because there is high demand for energy in the District to support development of various sectors including mining, manufacturing, infrastructure development and tourism.
District comparative advantage
- The District has simple and favorable investment procedures initiated by Government through the local authority to help open it up
- A prominent river (Kafue River), swamps, plains and other water bodies that can be used for aquaculture development and tourism, including spots fishing
- The District lies within reasonable proximity to major towns on the Copperbelt and other Districts in Central Province providing potential market for its products and services especially once roads are fully constructed.
- Availability of land for heavy and light industries that has been set aside and would be allocated to would-be investors to support various investments.
- Availability of fertile land to support both crop and livestock agriculture.
- The District in within a reasonable proximity to major towns especially once it is linked by roads and railway lines to the DRC via Copperbelt, Angola and other towns in Zambia.
- There is stable traditional and political leadership