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Isoka

ISOKA DISTRICT

Location

It is situated at the far Eastern corner of the country between longitude 32˚, 29’ and 33’, 50’East and latitude 9’ 45’ and 10’ 49’ 2’ South. It is at an altitude of 1450 meters above sea level. The District is on the average mountainous and is divided into two physiographical zones   namely the Luangwa Valley and the Hilly and flat land. 

DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

The District covers an area of 13,846 Square Kilometres with a population density of 14.2 inhabitants per square km. According to the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, the district had a population of 68,238 people with an annual population growth rate of 2.3 Percent.

CLIMATE

The District has rich loam soils in almost all areas, except the valley that provide thick woodlands and mixed grassland characterized with Mukwa, Mupani and Miombo trees.

DISTRICT ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

The main economic activities in the district include Agriculture, Mining, Tourism

Agriculture

The main occupation the district is subsistence farming. The major crops are maize, beans, cassava and groundnuts.

Mining

Isoka district could be a new mining town in the next few years once exploration of phosphate and Rare Earth Elements (REE) at Nkombwa Hill swings into full-scale production. Phosphate is a major component in fertiliser production whilst Rare Earth Elements (REE) are used in components for mobile phones and television sets.

Tourism

Isoka has unique features suitable for tourism with Luangwa River and Nansala waterfalls found at Milongo and Nyengo Rivers.

Forestry

With the presence of forestry department in the province, Isoka District has great potential in the forestry sector due to;

  • availability of natural forests for bee keeping,
  • Availability of COMACO in the province as a market for honey
  • Availability of Mukula tree species in the area whichwill create a market for timber 

COMMUNICATION AND POWER

Air Transport

Isoka District is accessible by air and road transport system. The district has one air strip formedium aircrafts and helicopters only. The Great North Road passes through the district Whilst Isoka – Muyombe Road is currently being raised to bituminous standard.

Communication

The district has three mobile service providers namely Zamtel which is a state-owned company as well as two private companies, Airtel and MTN. In addition to voice services, these mobile service providers also provide data or internet services. It also has 1 community radio station called ISO FM.

Energy

The main source of electricity supply to the district is hydroelectricity power through the National grid.

Postal Service Available.

Zambia Postal Services (ZAMPOST) also transfers money through Postal Orders, Ordinary Money Orders and Western Union one of the fastest means of    sending money in the world.It also offers ordinary and Express Mail Services (EMS).

Health Facilities

Isoka District has 4 Rural Health Centers, 5 Health Posts and1 level-1 District Hospital. Total of 10 Health Facilities.

Education Facilities