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Livestock and Fisheries

Livestock

The livestock sub sector is still in its infancy in the province but with a lot of potential for growth on account of good grazing land, abundant water and the recent establishment of Mbesuma Cattle Breeding Ranch in Chinsali and a Goat Breeding Centre in Mpika – both meant to contribute towards improvement of animal breeds in the province. Currently there are 82,285 cattle, 29,554 pigs, 92,179 goats, 15,791 sheep and 386, 202 poultry.

The detailed distribution by district and type of livestock is reflected in the table below:

Livestock figures in the province
DISTRICTS            CATTLE              PIGS            GOATS              SHEEP   POULTRY
CHAMA 3,249 1,322 12,796 2,045 60,056
CHINSALI 9,977 488 12,082 103 27,770
ISOKA 13,126 4,121 6,904 252 71,686
MAFINGA 18,858 1,386 5,567 585 30,911
MPIKA 16,973 16,621 31,442 11,620 74,429
NAKONDE 17,067 2,236 15,715 217 70,629
SHIWANGANDU                          3,035 3,380 7,673 969 50,721
PROVINCIAL Total                       82,285 29,554 92,179 15,791 386,202

 

Fisheries

In terms of fisheries, the province has 1,939 fish ponds of which 1, 499 are stocked. The fisheries sub-sector equally has great potential to develop. There are abundant water sources for developing both capture and aquaculture fisheries in the province. The table below shows the distribution of fish ponds by district:

Fish Farming Levels in the Province
DISTRICTS NUMBER OF

FARMERS

NUMBER OF

PONDS 

NUMBER OF PONDS

STOCKED

Mpika 800 780 710
Chinsali 305 613 400
Isoka 151 288 281
Nakonde 98 193 135
Mafinga
Chama 133 65 13
Shiwang’andu
TOTAL 1,487 1,939 1,499

 

 

Crop Production 

A number of crops are grown in the province across all the districts due to the favourable weather and good soils. The crop production levels in the province for the year 2016 are as indicated in the table below:

 

Crop 

 

Growers 

Area

Planted-Ha

Estimated

Production-

50kg bags

Estimated

Production-mt

Maize 110,112 56,342 2,521,940 126,097
Finger millet 26,567 7,343 233,843 11,692.15
Sorghum 3,979 1,786 63,565 3,178.25
Groundnuts 51,008 12,542 203,751 10,187.55
Mixed Beans 33,576 6,976 162,742 8,137.10
Sunflower 2,087 698 12287.6 614.38
Cotton 8,711 10,717 149,604 7,480.20
Tobacco 1,435 1421 33,158 1,657.90
Sesame 387 98 1248 62.4
Bambara Nuts 987 201 3679 184
Soya beans 5,234 1,576 23,469 1,173.45
S/potatoes 26,895 6,212 704,400 35,220
Cassava 56,165 26,231 7,055,440 352,772
Rice 11,544 6,948 409,073 20,453.65