The Shiwang’andu Plantation Group is the second commercial exotic forest plantation to be established by Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) Limited outside the Copperbelt Province. The first commercial exotic forest plantation established by ZAFFICO outside the Copperbelt Province is located in Kawambwa District of Luapula Province and was launched on 14th January 2014.
The establishment of the Shiwang’andu Plantation Group, like the establishment of the Kawambwa Plantation Group, is part of the rolling out of ZAFFICO’s forest expansion program under the Corporation’s 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan.
LOCATION AND SIZE
The Shiwang’andu Plantation Group is located about 75 km from Chinsali and about 80 km from Mpika Districts of Muchinga Province. It is situated in His Royal Highness (HRH) Chief Mukwikile’s area in Shiwang’andu District and will cover a total area of 9,000 hectares that has already been secured by way of a Certificate of title issued by the Commissioner of Lands.
The operations at Shiwang’andu Plantation Group commenced in August 2014. A total of 75 hectares of land was planted as at the end of the 2014/2015 planting season and it is planed that a further 300 hectares be planted by the end of the 2015/2016 planting season.
Land preparation activities including the construction of a nursery to supply seedlings for the 300 hectares that will be planted during the 2015/2016 planting season have already commenced and proceeding as scheduled thus far.
Current operations are on a land with an elevation between 3,900 and 4,200 meters above sea level and sitting between the Great North Road and the TAZAMA Pipe line.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS
The Shiwang’andu Plantation Group is the first ever large scale project to be undertaken by an investor in Shiwang’andu District. Therefore, it is the only major economic activity and employer in the area. From the time the operations commenced in August 2014, about 200 seasonal employees earning a monthly income of not less than a minimum wage have been engaged to carry out various plantation activities. This has resulted in the improvement of the livelihood of most households in the District and the general economic status of the District. More jobs are expected to be created as the planted area increases year after year.
THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH
The Shiwang’andu Plantation Group was officially launched during the 2015/2016 planting season by HIS EXCELLENCY MR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA on the 15th December 2015.