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Indigenous Forests

The province has a total number of 1,075,335 Hectares of total protected forest estates representing 12.3 percent of the total area for the province. The province has a lot of timber tree species most of which are harvested and exported on the international market. Muchinga province boasts of a number of commercial tree species such as Brachystegia boehmii,, Pericopsis angolensis among others. The table below indicates the ten (10) most abundant tree species of commercial value.

Exotic Timber Species

Exotic tree plantations are currently being established by local communities through support from the Forestry department. Government, working through the Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Limited (ZAFFICO)  is also establishing a commercial timber plantation in one of the districts – i.e: Shiwang’andu. The Shiwang’andu Plantation is located about 75 km from Chinsali and about 80 km from Mpika Districts of Muchinga Province and will cover a total area of 9,000 hectares. Potential also exists for establishment of small timber plantations by individual farmers.

The 10 most abundant timber tree species of commercial value
Trees Tree count (Total) Rank
Brachystegia boehmii 121,053,757 1
Colophospermum mopane 112,860,024 2
Brachystegia spiciformis 112,464,023 3
Brachystegia longifolia 50,466,000 4
Pericopsis angolensis 43,761,073 5
Brachystegia utilis 34,524,144 6
Brachystegia floribunda 32,862,357 7
Pterocarpus angolensis 24,384,177 8
Brachystegia bussei 21,882,426 9
Albizia antunesiana 10,783,427 10

Forestry Sector 

Districts Possible Areas of


Available Opportunities Possible Challenges
•   Shiwang’andu

•   Isoka

•     Bee Keeping and Honey Processing

•     Growing and

Selling of tree seedlings

•     Plantation establishment and Timber Processing

•     Collection and Harvesting of Nontimber Forestry products

•     Establishment of Timber Saw mills for both Mukula and exortic tree species

•     Processing of Mukula tree into finished products

•  The presence of forestry department in the province for technical support;

•  The presence of the DFNRMP project which is encouraging communities to harvest and add value to nontimber forest products and also to invest in timber plantations;

•  The establishment of a

ZAFFICO plantation in

Shiwang’andu which could act as a motivating factor to invest in the sector

•  Availability of natural forests for bee keeping

•  Availability of COMACO in the province as a market for honey

•  Increasing construction activities in the province which will create a market for timber

•  Availability of Mukula tree species in the area

•   Investment in tree plantation establishment takes time to yield desired results

•   Investments in both bee keeping and honey processing as well as plantation establishment are currently not traditional to the province

•   The ongoing illegal harvesting of Mukula in the province

•   Lack of a law to enforce local value addition of the Mukula tree