Shibuyuni District is geographically located at 25º15’ and 27º00’ South of Greenwich meridian and between 27o 49’ 60” East. The District is situated 63km west of Lusaka and shares boundaries with Mumbwa District to the West, Chibombo District to the North, Mazabuka District to the South and Chilanga to the East. The District has a total population of 52,860 of which 26,333 are females and 26,527 are males. The main drivers of the District’s economy are agriculture, mining, tourism and trade and commerce.
KEY INVESTMENT POTENTIAL AREAS
Agriculture is the major economic activity in the District and the majority of communities depend on agriculture related activities for domestic and economic sustenance. Farming is undertaken at a subsistence level and substantial produce is marketed in Lusaka. The major crops cultivated include maize, cotton, soya beans, groundnuts, cowpeas, sunflower, sweet potatoes and vegetable crops such as okra, impwa, kalembula and egg plants.
The Fisheries and Livestock industry also provides significant potential for ranching and processing in meat and fish. Fishing remains a significant part of the local economy with potential market in the nearby districts. In addition, the poultry sector also presents potential where economic activities are being undertaken by the local community mostly at small scale. Investment to increase production and value addition for the ready market of Lusaka and other major towns would be encouraged.
- Investment in establishment of food processing industries especially for raw agro products.
- Investment in establishment of commercial farms for crops and livestock
- Investments in establishment of out grower schemes for the many small scale local farmers in both crop and livestock agriculture.
The district is endowed with a number of mineral deposits such as copper, iron and silver. The Districts sub Centre in Nampundwe is hinged around mining were Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Plc is involved in Copper Mining. Another key mining firm is Universal Mining Limited located at Sanje hill in Nampundwe and is also engaged in mining of Iron ore and is envisaged to create an open pit mine in the District. Key mineral deposits in the District include;
- Iron Ore
- There is potential for investment in Processing Industries related to mining and other auxiliary mining services
- Investment in Mining Exploration and Mining
There is high investment potential for setting up manufacturing industries in the District as there is currently no major manufacturing taking place in the District. The Proximity to Lusaka, availability of road infrastructure, land and reliable energy all support the setting up of a manufacturing hub in the District.
- Investment in development of infrastructure to support value addition in various sectors especially agro-based processing sectors
- Investment infrastructure development such as housing and office accommodation
- Investment under Public Private Partnership arrangements in various sectors to support establishment of such infrastructure such as dams, stadia and public amenities like bus stations among others
The District tourism potential is high because of the Blue Lagoon National Park which it shares with Mumbwa. Opportunities exist for Investments in development of infrastructure such as hotels and lodge to support the tourism potential. The District proximity to Lusaka can help increase its tourism inflow once supporting infrastructure is developed. In addition, there are various traditional ceremonies and ancient cave paintings in the Districts that could also support such infrastructure once developed.
- Investment in world class hotels and lodges
- Investment in other infrastructure such as roads and housing
- Investment in tour operation services
District Comparative advantages
- Close proximity to Lusaka
- Fertile soils favorable for different forms of agriculture
- Availability of power energy (Hydro,wind, solar)
- Availability of labour both skilled and unskilled
- Adequate rainfall for agriculture
- Investment in development real estates and modern housing Development