North Western Province offers investment potential in Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Energy and Tourism which requires supporting the growth of both the economic and social sectors
- TIMBER PROCESSING FOR VALUE ADDITION
North Western Province has 62 gazetted forest reserves covering an area of 2,532,176 hectares. This represents 21% (twenty-one percent) of the total land surface area of the Province. There are 35 National Forests covering a total of 2,045,181 hectares while Local Forests are 27 covering 486,990 hectares.
North western has exceptionally rich vegetation consisting mostly of Miombo and Kalahari woodlands and has the highest tree volume with its wide range of commercial valuable indigenous timber species such as Ross wood (Guibourtia Coleosperma), Mukwa (Pterocarpus Angolensis), Manga (Isobelinia Angolensis), Kishokoto (Faurea Saligina) and Musamba (Brachystegia species).
On average North Western Province is able to produce on average 2 103 800 cubic meters of processed timber of the above mentioned species of which 90% is Rosewood (Guibourtia Coleosperma).
Investment opportunities abound in the establishment of timber processing and manufacturing companies owing to the availability of timber raw materials as stated above. There also opportunities for paper production owing to abundance of raw materials.
- AGRICULTURE AND AGRO PROCESSING
North Western Province has a total area of 125,826 km² (12,582,600 ha) of which 5,875,696 ha is suitable for agricultural production. However, only 154, 324 ha is under cultivation. The total irrigable land is 200,000 ha of which only 1, 825 ha is under irrigation. The province falls within the high rainfall belt with an average rainfall ranging from 1,000mm to 1,500mm per annum. Average minimum and maximum temperatures range from 16 °C to 24 °C.
- HONEY PROCESSING AND PACKAGING
Northwestern Province accounts for 90% of the country’s honey production. This is largely due to extensive and relatively intact tracts of forested land and perennial water sources ideal for honey production. Average recorded honey annual production from only 3 districts namely Kabompo, Manyinga and Mwinilunga was over 3,000 000 kg and 21 000kg of beeswax. One may wish to know that the price of 1 ton beeswax currently costs more than 1 ton of copper. This presents a great opportunity for investment in the sector. There are few known entities that are currently engaged in a significant commercial enterprise to process and package honey, propolis, and beeswax in Northwestern Province. The attractiveness of this subsector is the underdeveloped state of honey and bee products industry. The demand for honey and other bee products is likely to increase.
The Province is home to national parks and game management areas such as the Busanga swamps, Kafue National Park, west Lunga National Park and the Zambezi grasslands in the far west. Additionally, it is also home to some of the best heritage sites such as the Chinyingi suspended bridge across the Zambezi River, the Source of the Zambezi River, Kifubwa Rock Engravings, Nyambwezu Falls, Mutanda Falls, Kabompo Gorge, Kamusongolwa Hill, Lake Chibesha, Mutanda Falls, Zambezi Sand Beach, Nyaunda Rocks, various pre-civilization caves and the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda (KK) detention house in Kabompo District.
The Province has a rich and diverse culture with many tribes and different over 22 traditional ceremonies. Notable among the rich traditional ceremonies is the Likumbi Lya Mize cultural ceremony which UNESCO awarded a diploma of intangible heritage and master piece of humanity in 2005.
North Western Province has abundant water sources from rivers, dams and wetlands making it ideal for aquaculture investment. The Province boasts of 46 perennial rivers making aquaculture development feasible. North Western Province is endowed with high potential zones for scaling up Aquaculture production in both land based and water based aquaculture. The province is able to produce up to 60,000 Mt of fish per year if the land based potential is fully exploited and can produce 70,000Mt per year if the water based potential is fully exploited. Kasempa, Solwezi, Kalumbila, Mwinilunga and Zambezi districts have the highest potential for aquaculture development. Areas for Aqua Park development have already been identified and mapped in Kasempa premised upon a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative. Some rivers such as the Zambezi have wide basins and pockets of ox-bow lakes which can be exploited for commercial cage culture. In addition, the province has adequate land resource for pond culture and has ready market for fish both locally and outside owing to its linkage with Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
North Western province is naturally endowed with vast land that can be exploited for ranching and livestock farming. The environment is free of livestock diseases making it ideal for rearing of essentially all species of livestock. According to the 2017 CSO report, North Western Province has 90,483 cattle, 89,910 goats, 59,580 pigs and 2,539 sheep. The province has potential investment in the farming of livestock at a larger scale.
- MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY
With agriculture, mining, tourism and forestry sectors all raw materials available in North Western Province, there is great potential investment in manufacturing and processing industries. Investment is being sought in the manufacturing sector so as to add value to the available raw materials. This is expected to create job opportunities and value chains for people in local communities.