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About Luapula Province

Introduction

The Luapula Provincial Administration working in conjunction with the Ministry of National Development Planning, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Tourism and Arts, the Zambia Development Agency and the Zambia Tourism Agency have partnered to host The Luapula Expo- 2017 which is a five (5) day economic and investment tour of Luapula Province, from the 26th to 31st July 2017.

The Expo will be held under the theme “Linking Investors to Luapula Province to unlock the Economic Potential”. His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia will officially grace this important Expo, which is poised to be a permanent feature on the annual Zambian Corporate Investment calendar.

The Expo targets to market the province with reference to seven thematic investment areas namely: agriculture, tourism, mining, aquaculture, energy, livestock and forestry. The Expo focuses on connecting both local and foreign ambitious investors looking for new locations to base their businesses.

With a wide set of opportunities available in the province as listed investment areas, Investors can explore and take advantage of a range of benefits and incentives that have been packaged to undertake business.

Livestock

The province is vigorously being marketed for investment in the rearing of livestock such as Cattle, Goats, Pigs and Poultry. This is one of the untapped opportunities available in the Province, considering that Luapula is also livestock disease free. The province is looking for credible investors to invest in the rearing of livestock of their choice.

Livestock infrastructure has been put up in order to create an environment for effective livestock production. For instance, Government has set up Chishinga Livestock Breeding Centre to multiply the animals and enable easy access to quality and affordable breeding stock by smallholder farmers in order to increase livestock production and productivity in Luapula province and beyond.Beside the Chishinga ranch, the province is also promoting investment in the rearing of other livestock such as goats, pigs, sheep and poultry for the domestic and international market.

Forestry & Rubber Plantation

The province has a total hectarage 807 Ha of tree plantations scattered across seven (7) districts, namely Mansa, Mwansabombwe, Milenge, Mwense, Kawambwa, Samfya, and Nchelenge Districts. Milenge District alone has at least 45,000 eucalyptus trees that have matured and ready for harvesting. With regard to rubber plantations, the province has 152 hectares in Nchelenge and Kawambwa Districts. And for future expansion, about 2,000 and 1,000 hectares have already been set aside in Nchelenge and Kawambwa Districts respectively. With an average of 450 trees per hectare, the province has 57,600 fully grown trees ready for tapping. The rubber plantations project was initially started by the government for research purposes. However, given the positive and encouraging results, the province is promoting private sector investment in this area.

Mining

Luapula Province has enormous mineralisation of manganese ore deposits and several other mineral deposits. Minerals available include Copper, Iron, Manganese, Lime, Gemstones and Gold among other minerals. These minerals are available in specified districts in the province.

By the end of March 2017, the province had a total of 54 mining valid license owners plus 125 exploration licenses and the number keeps on increasing as the applications are processed on a daily basis die to the available mineral resources in Luapula Province. However, currently, only the mining of manganese is more prevalent but is also done at a very small scale due to limited capital for mining operations.

Trade & Investment Potential with the DRC

Zambia and the Congolese Governments have signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with GED Africa to construct a bridge at Kashiba across the Luapula River, starting in the year 2018. This project plus the on-going project to complete tarring of the Pedicle road will increase trade between the Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) and the entire SADC and COMESA regions.

Agriculture

The province falls within the high rainfall belt classified as Region III with an average annual rainfall of over 1,000mm. Rainfall levels are high throughout the province ranging from 1000 to 1,500mm per annum. The good rainfall pattern gives a broadly positive outlook for agricultural activities in Luapula Province. Over 116,000 ha of land is irrigable hence all year round farming can be practised in the province. Currently, only 1000 ha are being irrigated by all categories of farmers and approximately 3,060,000ha is arable land against 200,000 ha under cultivation.

In an effort to attract public and private investment in the agriculture sector Government has intensified its strategy in policy implementation through infrastructure roll out such as roads, development of the Luena farm block and investment in research and improved extension services. The focus is on growing the following: Sugarcane, Palm Oil, Banana plantations, Horticultural Tree Plantations, Cassava, Maize, Rice, Soya Beans, Wheat and Sunflower. The expansion in production also will entail the establishment of processing plants in the province. For instance, there’s need for banana and pineapple canning and the processing of palm oil into margarine and soap.

Aquaculture & Fish Caging

Investment in aquaculture will be throughout the province as the entire province has enough surface and underground water. Investing in this area will ease fishing pressure on lakes and rivers and allow for their re-growth.

In terms of fish cage culture in the province, this is a new technology being promoted. The potential in this area is abundant as has been showcased by a few demonstrations that have been done in the province.

A number of sites in the Bangweulu and Mweru-Luapula fisheries have undergone environmental impact assessments (EIA) and are earmarked for investment. There are a number of sites that have been approved for caging fish. Furthermore, the ambient water temperatures prevailing tend to favour rapid maturity of the farmed fish.

Tourism

Luapula Province is endowed with some of the unmatched natural wonders in Zambia.

It has a number of beautiful waterfalls, beautiful wetlands hosting some of the rare animal and bird species in the world like the black Lechwe and the shoebill stock.

The province has a rich culture with traditional ceremonies which are popular tourist attractions.

The hub of Luapula’s tourism is also combined with a number of traditional ceremonies such as the Mutomboko, Ubuilile of the Bwile People in Chienge, Malaila of Chishinga people in Kawambwa, Kwanga of the Ngumbo in Samfya, Musubilwa-Mpemba of the Unga people of Bangweulu Swamps, Mabila of the Shila in Mununga and Chabuka of the Aushi.

Energy

Zambia has an enormous demand for energy and its central location gives it access to wider markets for this commodity.

The potential to make Zambia an energy hub is massive, due to its massive investment potential. Particularly, Luapula Province has great potential for investment in mining, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and other service industries.

But for this potential to be unlocked, the prerequisite is the development of electrical power both from hydro and other sources such as solar and other forms of clean energy.

They are more than 7 potential hydro-electric power generation sites in Luapula.

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Why Attent The Expo?

The Expo is open for Individuals and Institutions that are looking for a unique opportunity and an exclusive platform for expansion of their business.

The Luapula Expo will stand to be the most important forum for investors looking to set up business operations in this part of the country. Apart from providing an avenue for investors to gain greater access to information and alternative economic potential options available, the Expo will provide endless opportunities by giving platforms to Institutions to promote their respective
brands and services.

The captive market and provision of exhibition areas such as the Samfya holiday beach and other water falls will provide great opportunities to broker businesses.

Investment in Agriculture

The province falls within the high rainfall belt classified as region III with an average annual rainfall of over 1,000mm. Rainfall levels are high throughout the province ranging from 1000 to 1,500mm per annum. The lowest precipitation is normally in Nchelenge North and Chienge districts, along the valley and South-West of Mansa District. The highest rainfall is found on the plateaus of Kawambwa and the North of Samfya district.

The good rainfall pattern gives a broad positive outlook for agriculture activities in Luapula Province. Over 116,000 ha of land is irrigable hence all year round farming can be practised in the province. Currently only 1000 ha is being irrigated by all categories of farmers and approximately 3,060,000 ha is arable land against 200,000 ha under cultivation.

In an effort to attract public and private investment in the agriculture sector Government has intensified its strategy       in policy implementation through infrastructure roll out such as roads, development of the Luena farm block and investment in research and improved extension services.

The Infrastructure roll out in Luapula Province  has improved access to markets, reduced post-harvest losses, and has made much needed inputs more widely available and accessible. The marketing of agriculture products to the DRC and east Africa is easily accessible through the use of new roads under the Link Zambia 8000 and TAZARA railways.

The current status of the agriculture sector of Luapula Province is characterised by various hectarages of different plantations scattered across the districts.

     The focus is on growing the following: Sugarcane, Palm oil, Banana plantations, Horticultural Tree Plantations, Cassava, Maize, Rice, Soya beans, Wheat and Sunflower.
    The province is looking for credible investors to take advantage of the appropriate climatic conditions to invest in the aforementioned plantations and food crop production. Investors therefore, have the opportunity to expand the existing plantations as there is still vast arable land which gives room for further expansion of production of tea, coffee, timber, banana and palm tree plantations.
    The expansion in production also will entail the establishment of processing plants in the province. For instance, there’s need for banana and pineapple canning and the processing of palm oil into margarine and soap.
    The province is also looking for investors who may resuscitate some of the plantations which are currently experiencing low production levels. Investing in new machinery and recapitalization of some of the estates will enhance sustainable operations and make them economically viable.
    Investors can equally venture into other cash crops which have great potential for economic growth such as rice, cassava, maize, tobacco and edible oil.

    Investment in Aquaculture & Fishing

    Investment in aquaculture will be throughout the province as the entire province has enough surface and underground water. Investing in this area will ease fishing pressure on lakes and rivers and allow for their regrowth.

    In terms of fish cage culture in the province, this is a new technology being promoted. The potential in this area is abundant as has been showcased by a few demonstrations that have been done in the province. A number of   sites in the Bangweulu and Mweru-Luapula fisheries have undergone environmental impact assessments (EIA) and are earmarked for investment.

    The following sites have been approved for cage fishing:-

    1. Lake Bangweulu: Lake Chifunabuli, Chishi Island, Mbabala  Island,  Mwase,  Lake  Kamponda,  Kasongole  and  Chinueshiba  as  suitable sites.
    2. Lake Mweru-Luapula: Kashiba in Mwense, Katotoma in Kawambwa, Nchelenge  Central in Nchelenge  Districts, Kasonge and Lukwesa in Mwense District, Kashikishi, Ntoto, Kafututuma  and  Kabuta  in  Nchelenge  District  and  Kafulwe,  Kalembwe  and  Chienge Central  in  Chienge  District

    Furthermore, the ambient water temperatures prevailing tend to favour rapid maturity of the farmed fish.

    The government is seeking for investors to venture into fish cage culture and set up fish processing plants at each of the fish farming communities.

    Fish processing will be in the following ways:

    • Blast frozen fish/fish steaks mainly for supermarkets as well as for export;
    • “Iced” fish for supply to the Zambian Market especially to the Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces;
    • Sun dried fish including chapatwa;
    • Supply of fish tailings (i.e. remains from processed fish) for livestock feed production and supply to pig farmers;
    • The medium to long term should start with canning the fish for export and for sale to the security forces, other government/private institutions such as hospitals, boarding schools and colleges/universities

      Investment in Energy

      The potential hydro-electric power generation sites in Luapula are as follows:

      Site Estimated Generation Capacity (MW) River District
      Kabwelume falls 96 Kalungwishi River Kawambwa
      Kundabwike falls 151 Kalungwishi River Kawambwa
      Lumangwe falls 68 Kalungwishi River Kawambwa
      Mambilima falls Site 1 124 Luapula River Mwense
      Mambilima falls Site 2 190 Luapula River Mwense
      Mumbotuta falls Site 1 190 Luapula River Milenge
      Mumbotuta falls Site 1 300 Luapula River Milenge

        Zambia has an enormous demand for energy and its central location gives it access to wider markets for this commodity. The potential to make Zambia an energy hub is massive, due to its massive investment potential.

        Particularly, Luapula Province has great potential for investment in mining, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and other service industries. But for this potential to be unlocked, the prerequisite is the development of electrical power both from hydro and other sources such as solar and other forms of clean energy.

        The province is looking for some more credible investors to take advantage of the aforementioned sites to invest in power generation in the province.

        Investment in the production of solar energy has been one of the latest developments in the Province and pilot projects have been undertaken by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) at Mpata township in Samfya District and in Kasomalunga of the new Lunga District. However, the potential for the developments of solar energy in the province also remains immeasurable.

        Investment in Forestry

        The province has a total hectarage 807 Ha of tree plantations scattered across seven (7) districts, namely Mansa, Mwansabombwe, Milenge, Mwense, Kawambwa, Samfya, and Nchelenge Districts. Milenge district alone has at least 45,000 eucalyptus trees that have matured and ready for harvesting.

        With regard to rubber plantations, the province has 152 hectares in Nchelenge and Kawambwa Districts. And for future expansion, about 2,000 and 1,000 hectares have already been set aside in Nchelenge and Kawambwa Districts respectively. With an average of 450 trees per hectare, the province has 57,600 fully grown trees ready for tapping.

          The rubber plantations project was initially started by the government for research purposes. However, given the positive and encouraging results, the province is promoting private sector investment in this area.

          The province is looking for some more credible investors to take advantage of the appropriate climatic conditions to invest in timber and rubber growing, harvesting and processing.

          The establishment of a plant for processing of rubber is also being encouraged in the province.

          Investment in Mining

          Luapula Province has enormous mineralisation of manganese ore deposits and several other mineral deposits. Minerals available include Copper, Iron, Manganese, lime, Gemstones and Gold among other minerals. These minerals are available in specified districts in the province.

          By the end of March 2017, the province had a total of 54 mining valid license owners plus 125 exploration licenses and the number keeps on increasing as the applications are processed on a daily basis due to the available mineral resources in Luapula province. However, currently, only the mining of manganese is more prevalent but is also done at a very small scale due to limited capital for mining operations.

          The Province has various opportunities for investments in mining and is particularly looking for an investor to put up a ‘’manganese refining plant’’ as this will create employment for the local people.

          The investor can be facilitated to hold discussions with the local mining license owners for acquisition of mining rights.

          Opportunities remain unexploited for the mining of lime deposits in Matanda area of Mansa District and thus for production of quick lime for use in the Mines, Agriculture and Livestock Sectors. However, the availability of lime deposits remains unexploited for the production of cement. The exploration for the existence of oil and gas deposited are also currently being undertaken in the province.

          Like other parts of the country, mineral and oil explorations have not been fully explored. Therefore, the potential of the Mining industry remains untapped and thus the Province is looking for investors who can do extensive exploration works.

          Investment in Tourism

          Luapula Province is endowed with some of the unmatched natural wonders in Zambia. It has a number of beautiful waterfalls, beautiful wetlands hosting some of the rare animal and bird species in the world like the Black Lechwe and the shoebill stock. The province has a rich culture with traditional ceremonies which are popular tourist attractions. Some of the main tourist attractions in this part of Zambia are:

          • The Samfya Holiday Beach on Lake Bangweulu;
          • Lumangwe Waterfalls;
          • Kabwelume Waterfalls;
          • Ntumbacushi Falls;
          • Kundabwika falls.
          • Musonda Water Falls;
          • Mambilima Water Falls;
          • Chilongo Water Falls;
          • Mumbuluma Water Falls;
          • Kasanka National Park;
          • Lusenga Plains National Park;
          • Black Lechwe of Bangweulu Wetlands;
          • Shoebill Stork of Bangweulu Wetlands; and
          • The David Livingstone Memorial Site.
          • Kapisha Hot Spring

          The hub of Luapula’s tourism is also combined with a number of traditional ceremonies such as the Mutomboko Ceremony (held end of July each year) which means ‘a dance of victory’.

          This is the most popular of all ceremonies in Luapula Province. It commemorates days when the Lunda people of Luapula province crossed the Luapula River from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into Zambia, fighting their way through and in the process conquering weaker tribes. Other ceremonies include Ubuilile of the Bwile People in Chienge, Malaila of Chishinga people in Kawambwa, Kwanga of the Ngumbo in Samfya, Musubilwa-Mpemba of the Unga people of Bangweulu Swamps, Mabila of the Shila in Mununga andChabuka of the Aushi.

          With these and many more tourist attractions, it is evident that Luapula Province has enormous potential for tourism investment.In the short to medium term, almost all of these tourist attractions need basic infrastructure such as all-weather access roads, accommodations facilities including restaurants/kiosks, bars etc.

          But of paramount importance is for these sites to be connected to electric power. With this done, tourist visits to these sites will increase, resulting in corresponding increase in revenue to the investor, government as well as creation of employment for the local people thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

          Investment in Trade & Investment

          The investment Guide to Zambia outlines the investement opportunitites and conditions of the country.

          It is the product of a collaborative venture by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ( UNCTAD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Ministry of CCommerce, Trade and Industry and ZDA.

          The objective of the project is to bring together parties with complementary interest, companies that seek new opportunities and countries that seek new investors.

            The guide to Zambia gives potential investors an objective view of conditions and  investment opportunities.

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