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 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.