Ichimpe Group is one of ZAFFICO’s four (4) plantation groups with the total net
Are of about 11,936 ha which is spread across four (4) districts namely; Kitwe, Chingola, Kkalulushi and Mufulira.
Ichimpe Group is found along Kitwe-Chingola road, 14 kilometers away from Kitwe but between Garneton and Copperbelt Secondary Teaching College (COSETCO) junctions, it is about 2.5km away the main road to the office. The group has a labour force of 66 permanent employees with the seasonal employees (casual workers) ranging from 200 – 250 depending on the nature of operations during a particular period of the year.
Ichimpe group started its replanting programme in 2006/07 planting season with about 160 ha and the figure has continued to increase steadily following the increase in demand for roundwood, hence opening up more areas. And so far, the group is managing about 1,500 ha of replanted areas (young stands) while the rest are mature stands.
Due to its proximity to the raw material, the group has the 2nd highest number of customers with all of them being small scale sawmillers ranging from 130 to 150.