by Julia Malunga on 16 Jul 2019by Natasha Sakala on 16 Jul 2019by Ulande Nkomenshya on 16 Jul 2019by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 16 Jul 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Natasha Sakala on 16 Jul 2019by Natasha Sakala on 15 Jul 2019by Natasha Sakala on 12 Jul 2019by Ulande Nkomesha on 11 Jul 2019
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 16 Jul 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 16 Jul 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 16 Jul 2019by Julia Malunga on 16 Jul 2019
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Correspondent on 24 May 2019by Diggers Reporter on 4 Mar 2019by Andyford Mayele Banda on 29 Jan 2019by Davies Mwila on 22 Jan 2019
by Diggers Editor on 16 Jul 2019by Diggers Editor on 14 Jul 2019by Diggers Editor on 13 Jul 2019by Diggers Editor on 10 Jul 2019
by Web Master on 27 Jun 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 26 Jun 2019by Martha Mwanza and Felix Kashweka on 21 Jun 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 7 Jun 2019
- Guest Diggers
by Dr Chisoni Mumba, PhD on 22 Jun 2019by Chewe Chishala on 22 Jun 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 11 Jun 2019by Chibamba Kanyama on 28 May 2019
Poverty in Luapula up from 76% to 82%, says MinisterBy Sipilisiwe Ncube on 22 Jul 2017
Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa says poverty levels in his province have over the last five years escalated from 76 percent to about 82 percent.
Chilangwa who is also Kawambwa PF Member of Parliament said the only way to fight poverty in the province was by creating platforms for people to find jobs and raise their economic profiles.
He said this when he featured on the Patriotic Front (PF) interactive Forum today.
“The fishing industry is driving the economy of Luapula province. Nearly 80 percent of the population in the province live in the river line areas, they live around lake Bangweulu swamps on the Luapula river, around lake Mweru. The population has grown, the fishing industry has grown. It is for that reason that we find highest poverty levels in Luapula province have grown especially in those areas which rely on fishing industries. You find in some constituencies like Chifunabuli, poverty levels are as high as 92 percent because of the dwindling fishing stocks,” Chilangwa said,” Chilangwa said.
“Poverty levels in Luapula province over the last five, six, seven years have been going from about 76 percent in about seven or so years ago to about 82 percent now. In other provinces, poverty levels are dropping, but in Luapula province they are escalating. What are the reasons? Both historical, political, cultural and otherwise. The only way we can fight poverty is by putting more money in people’s pockets like raising people’s economic profiles. We need to create a platform where people are able to find jobs, where people are able to find markets for their produce. That is why we came up with the Luapula Expo.”
He explained that the upcoming Luapula Expo which was expected to commence on 26th and end on 31st July 2017 was mainly aimed at showcasing and improving the economic performance of the province.
“The Luapula Expo basically is to raise the profile of Luapula province, to showcase Luapula province, to improve the economic performance of the province. You cannot improve the economic performance of an area, of a region, or a country if you do not invite people with money to come and partner with you,” Chilangwa said.
And Chilangwa boasted about the upcoming investments in his province which he said would further raise the provincial profile from that of fish farming only.
“Now that we have got a bit more of power coming into Luapula province, we have Mansa sugar. Mansa sugar is a company that has set up a sugar estate. And before the end of this year, they are going to start constructing a sugar processing plant in Mansa. We have sunbird who are going to be producing ethanol from cassava and they are going to put up a processing plant as well in Kawambwa,” said Chilangwa.
“We have got Kawambwa sugar who are also setting up a second sugar plantation in Luapula province and they are also going to put up a processing plant. We have another company called agro-pro, they want to grow cassava to produce industrial starch in Mansa and they are also going to put up a starch processing plant in Mansa. In addition to that, CEEC are putting up an industrial park and we are doing a ground breaking ceremony with the Minister of Commerce next week.”
About Sipilisiwe Ncube
Sipilisiwe Ncube has a background in radio news.
Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- NAPSA DG explains inflated Avic tender cost - 16 Jul 2019
- ACC should appeal Chitotela’s acquittal – SANAC - 16 Jul 2019
- UPND apologizes for attacking HRC officer in Katuba - 16 Jul 2019
- UPND asks PF to draw lessons from Lubinda’s attack - 16 Jul 2019
- Lungu asks Ng’andu to stabilise economy - 16 Jul 2019
Subscribe for email alerts
ArchivesAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- July 2019
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend