China Railway Seventh Group
China Railway Seventh Group
FEASIBILITY studies on 240,000 hectares of land earmarked for the establishment of two farm blocks in Northern Province have started.
Early this year, Government signed an agreement with

China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) to conduct feasibility studies on the establishment of the 140,000 hectare Kalungwishi Farm Block in Mporokoso district.

The other is the 100,000 hectares Katuta Farm Block in Luwingu district.

The two farm blocks will support the growth of out-grower schemes and create jobs for the local people.

Northern Province Minister Brian Mundubile said the feasibility studies will include the testing of the soils’ suitability, mapping and designing of dams, power generation facility, out-grower schemes, commercial operations and canals.

Mr Mundubile said the tests being done on the suitability of the soils are important because they will help Government to know which type of crops to grow in the two farm blocks.

Mr Mundubile said the feasibility studies will also help Government determine the viability of the farm blocks, before initiating any developments in the respective areas.

“Most farm blocks have failed because prior to their establishment, no studies were conducted to determine their viability. This time around, we have taken a new approach. We want to conduct studies before we start any developments,” he said.

Mr Mundubile said once the feasibility studies are completed, CRSG will be given a contract to build roads, dams, canals and power generation facilities.

He said the Chinese firm is ready to finance the project in form of a loan to the government to be repaid using resources generated from the activities in the farm blocks.

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  1. There is no need for a feasibility study.

    For those who don’t Job what a feasibility study – I learned through with my PhD – it is simply a check of whether the NPV is a worthy as a project.

    No need for this as China trusts president Lungu.

    Do I make myself clear ?

    Thanks

    BB2014,2016

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    • No, you DIDN’T make yourself clear – I suggest you read what you wrote, before you send it off.

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    • Please pf stop this madness. What will the small scale farmers. The agriculture sector is the only remaining avenue for the poor to get out poverty. The mining sector is in the hands of foreigners and this will be the case of our agriculture
      Please pf it does not need rocket science to see that all you are concerned with are kick backs. Please leave something for the next generation.

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  2. Huge countries in farming are America and Brazil not China Why are we running to China for every project that we want to do and these Chinese dont even do proper jobs

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    • Its Slave mentality simply look at the contents of that deal there is a loan involved at unknown interest rate to develop your own land then paying back from money generated from farming….only an utterly Lazy Bum and his empty tins can come up with such rubbish yet they arewasting millions on fire engines, hammer mills and useless expenditure.

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    • because the Chinese are giving huge kick backs to someone and very soon Zambia will be a Chinese colony;

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  3. I bet my life after that feasibility study is done , all those farming projects in that area will go to the Chinese themselves. Are you telling me that in Zambia we don’t have institutions able to carry out a simple feasibility study. Pf are the most corrupt government In Africa

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  4. ZAMBIA BECOMING A SOUTHERN AFRICA’S BREAD BASKET IS A SONG WHOSE PRACTICAL SIDE OF ZAMBIA REALLY TURNING INTO A FOOD HALL HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE. TROUBLE IS ZAMBIA CONCENTRATES FARMING IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF ZAMBIA WITH NO RAINFALL AND FERTILE SOIL. MORE THAN 80% OF ZAMBIA’S FARMING, FOR ONCE, SHOULD BE CONCENTRATED IN NORTHHERN, LUAPULA, NORTH WESTERN, MUCHINGA, (AND EASTERN AND CENTRAL PROVINCES. FARMING MUST BE MECHANISED (MODERNISED), FARMING MUST BE ECHOED WITH FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES, THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT MUST WITHOUT WASTE OF TIME INVITE CHINA TO ESTABLISH FARMING MACHINERY MANUFACTURING PLANTS IN THOSE MFEZes, FARM BLOCKS ARE AN EXCELLENT IDEA BUT WHERE ARE THE STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED/ESTABLISHED INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS FOR FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS TO BE FED BY THESE FARM BLOCKS…

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    • …FARM BLOCKS ARE AN EXCELLENT IDEA BUT WHERE ARE THE STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED/ESTABLISHED INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS FOR FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS TO BE FED BY THESE FARM BLOCKS. ULUKASU CANNOT PRODUCE NOT EVEN TO FEED ONE’S FAMILY, LET ALONE PART OF THE WORLD.

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    • Only an excellent idea if you involve co op type farms where families/communities are involved and use your own money…not borrow at unknown interest rates for unknown length of payment and single sourcing the works to the same person lending you. ..

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  5. “Mr Mundubile said once the feasibility studies are completed, CRSG will be given a contract to build roads, dams, canals and power generation facilities.

    He said the Chinese firm is ready to finance the project in form of a loan to the government to be repaid using resources generated from the activities in the farm blocks.”

    I knew there was a loan somewhere in this nonsense!!

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    • Imagine someone does the feasibility gives a loan you choose his company to do the works then you pay him off from revenue from the project… only PF is capable of such dumb ill-thought out expensive contracts.

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    • Democracy is allowing even fools to speak. And there are a lot of them. especially those who migrated from Zambian Watchdog to LT.

      Someone once said that there is to much democracy in Africa and that is why we have not developed. I totally agree with him/her.
      Talking about democracy, I think Zambia is too democratic and that is why one can go on an anthill and tell all, that he is president without any one questioning him, leave alone being arrested.

      I, personally, didn’t know who was president of Zambia until the impostor was arrested. Keep him a bit longer at Chimbokaila so that he learns to respect authority.

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  6. will the food produced be sold within zambia or is it destined for china which running out of land to feed its people. We will become a satellite state of china. They will bring chinese to show our farmers how to grow on twhat should be their own land. Has the chinese company been granted any land
    WE have chinese company loaning the money, the money that we have to repay, then they will the sell the product and repatriate the profit to china a win win win situation for CHINA. the gullibility of poverty.
    this is what dependence on donor funding does, lack of incentive to be innovative

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