Mushindamo, July 4, 2019, ZANIS------ Government has welcomed plans by the Zambia Forestry and Forests Industry Corporation (ZAFFICO) to set up a forest plantation in the Mushindamo District of North-western province.

ZANIS reports that North western province permanent secretary, Willies Manjimela says it is pleasing that plans to set up a plantation in the area has come at a time when the province is earmarked for the forthcoming coming Northwestern province investment expo to be held in August, 2019.

Speaking when a team of ZAFFICO officials led by managing director, Frightone Sichone paid a courtesy call on him in Solwezi yesterday, Mr Manjimela said setting up a forest plantation will add value to economic activities in the province through job and wealth creation.

“The province has vast forest land suitable for plantations in Mushindamo, Mufumbwe and Mwinilunga district, “said the permanent secretary.

Meanwhile, Mr Sichone has revealed that the corporation is expanding its business countrywide as guided by government through the Industrial Development Corporation, IDC.

He said North-western province has been identified as one ideal area for investment and hence his visit to the province marks the implementation process.

“The goal is to create a plantation for timber production which in turn will create jobs and wealth for the Zambians, “he said.

So far, ZAFFICO has over 1,500 hectares of forest plantations in Kawambwa district, 1,000 hectares plantation in Shiwang ‘andu as well as in Kasama and Nakonde districts and has created more than 6,000 jobs.

Mr Sichone has appealed to the provincial administration to help the corporation find suitable land where the plantation can be established with less conflict with the local people.

And Mushindamo district commissioner, Emmanuel Chihili said the district is ready to give ZAFFICO up to 5,000 hectares of land between senior chief Kalilele and senior chief Mujimazovu where a forest plantation can be established.

Mr Chihili said the project will impact positively on the lives of many people in the new district through job and wealth creation.