womeninfieldGovernment has said Chiengi district has the highest fertility rate in the country.

Chiengi District Commissioner (DC), Mwaba Lwaminda, said the fertility rate for Chiengi district currently stood at 3.5 per cent with a total population of over 92,000 as at 2002 census population exercise.

Mr Lwaminda explained during the Youth day celebrations yesterday whose theme was “Youth Partnership in Development” that in a period of two years, over 9,000 babies are born in Chiengi district mostly from youthful mothers.

The DC said the development was retrogression because the population did not equate with the increase in per capita income.

Mr Lwaminda noted that if the trend was not checked by the youths, Chiengi would get poorer because the population would continue to increase when wealth was stagnant.

He urged the youths to venture into income generating activities for the wealth of the district and to be partners in development with government.

He further said the youths should fight retrogression by taking advantage if the localized curriculum which enabled young people with no academic inclination to acquire practical survivor skills.

He said survival skills enabled youths to lead productive lives even when they did not stay longer in school, adding that they would be useful members of society.

He revealed that government had released K10 billion for each province and urged the youths to apply for funds through the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC).

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  1. “The DC said the development was retrogression because the population did not equate with the increase in per capita income.”

    I totally disagree with you. Look and India and China, what formula are they using?

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    • In china: one child per couple law but i don’t know of India.But this mwana can’t work pa Zed.

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    • Fact is there almost 2 billion inspite of allowing only one child per family. Infact the restriction has to do more with land than other resources.

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  2. That place has salt deposits as well as big lake for fishing.If the govt can cnstruct a tarred road up to Chiengi and then link that road to Kaputa that would increase small business dealings which will keep these poeple having too many babies busy.Come to think of it,what other hobbies do they have apart from…?(One of my consultant friends called it the poor man’s hobby- more and more children.

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  3. Well done people of Chiengi. With all these AIDS related deaths, production is what we need. I wish you could double your production as long as the children are safe! All we need babe! Way to go. Amigo!

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    • Yeah but they will all end up becoming fishermen at 16 and marry other girls at 14 years.Now imagine how many children they will have between them till madam reaches menopause at 50.

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  4. Fertility is good i mean wen God said go and multiply we have no option but do just that of which if u only bare one child its not multiplication but addition so pipo never use familly planing just multiply as long as you can take care of them….

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    • Dr. Bill, the problem is these people have no means to support the many children. Is it not a sin to have many children yet feed them on one meal per day, wear rags, sleep by the fire coz no blankets and fail to send them to school. This is what happens just take time to visit communities in remote places

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  5. Seriously speaking the way things have been going in our country, even with a population half what we have now, we would still be the same. Just hpow much has the government invested in Chiengi? Abantu baisungafye. So production or no production things will still be the same! 3 says people produce! lol!

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  6. What is causing such problems is ignorance.They thinking bearing children who they cant even take care of is a nice thing awe.I will just have 2 children thats all.

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    • You are wrong. We were 13 in the family and we were able to go to school and manage 3 meals per day. Secret was we worked hard in our fields at weekends to supplement what mum was making as a shop assistant

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    • you have a point its wrong to think having many children causes poverty it all depends on hardworking. you can hv only 2 children but if you are lazy poverty will still follow you up to the grave.

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  7. Its vuga vuga you.why bit about the bush.Iknow of a former presido who comes from this village and dispite his small built body he manges huge namayos and has ten children.

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  8. Its vuga vuga you.why bit about the bush.Iknow of a former presido who comes from this village and dispite his small built body he manges huge namayos and has ten children.

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  9. Its vuga vuga you.why bit about the bush.Iknow of a former presido who comes from this village and dispite his small built body he manges huge namayos and has ten children.

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  10. am not suprised….I was there sometime in 2000! Luapula can be a very productive province if people and govt changed their mind set. Plenty good land and plenty of water not to mension the vast swamps and fish resources. If people are not economically active, the become sexually active….its no brainer!

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    • KK and Unip upset the set up in Luapula. It was a very advanced area at Independence, but KK wanted all areas to be on par and thats where the dcline started

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  11. Luapula is one of the richest provinces in Z. Apart from the mineral deposits that the chinese are collecting almost free of charge, the province boasts of vast fish reserves, there is also high availability of rice, banana, oranges, honey, ‘vinangwa’, maize, ground nuts and salt. I beleive if the per capita was for Chiengi alone, it would improve very much. But the per capita is diluted by non-productive areas like lusaka etc. Those who r able to have children should be allowed to especially in Chiengi where the mortality rate is very high due to high presence of mosquitoes-malaria!

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  12. Deja Vu mind you most of the people who are producing like that are poor.Some of these guys what they are doing is really bad just using women like babies producing machines.

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  13. Its good to hear about the fertility rate in that area. Happy too, that no one has mentioned the rate of HIV/AIDS in the same area.

    Looking at this pic., these women are all young. One Wonders what level of education they attained and if bearing children is all they are going to do all their lives.

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    • Hello Ba cutey, good observation , but high reproductive rate in young persons goes with a high risk for HIV / AIDS and poverty so the circus continues , it was not long that we were praising the First lady on her efforts in relieving the burdens of early pregnancies .. I think that the situation in chiengi as reported is simply a tip of the iceberg

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  14. Stew and Rice Very Plenty in this area. I wish Zambian Airways had a regular flight out there! Nga twalipendwa!!!

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  15. o: Wel said ba DC but i just wonder if we had census exercise in 2002? Mwe bantu check the year when census was done in this article

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  16. My fellow bloggers, these people are already poor and fail to provide for themselves now, how do they provide for the children that they will have. I encourage you to visit places like Chienge and see how children suffer maybe you will appreciate why the DC is concerned. If you have the resources well & good but if you can manage its better not to have

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  17. This is the reason why we need these government leaders to take basic Economic Development courses . Like some bloggers the DC does not understand the effect of high fertility rate on economic development ,this is very embaransing and disgusting to read.

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  18. The more the merrier. What is needed is development – jobs in agricultre, infrastructure projects and creating professional sized farms. Zambia can easily increasy by a factor of 20 in population and still be below Japan’s 337 people per square km (it is 16 in Zambia today).

    Let’s get land, training and machinery to the farmers, and stop worrying about population growth.

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