CopperKing Development Trust

 CopperKing Development Trust Ltd
In co-operation with Miengwe Farm Ltd and Nsobe Game Camp

Empowering Citizens and reducing poverty


We have taken the diversification initiative of the Government of Zambia and its co-operating partners (CEEC) into consideration and have tried to meet their requirements for  creating wealth.

The CopperKing Ltd – The Vehicle

The name the CopperKing was derived from TV Bulpin’s book “On the trail of the Copperking”, which covered Orrie Baragwaneth’s trip to Zambia Copperbelt when the copper deposits of the Roan (Luanshya) were commercially discovered.

Being South Africans of British decent Mark and Fiona realized the devastation caused by irresponsible and selfish colonization and the brainwashing of the apartheid regime. Believing that God had led them to the Copperbelt to do God’s work they have committed their lives to forging a new future for all Africans recognizing the value of our diverse cultures. Being Copperbelt based and believing God is King in their lives – the name CopperKing was arrived at.

The CopperKing Ltd acknowledges that the largest gains to the economy of Zambia will be through the development of its human resource in all its facets.

The CopperKing Ltd embraces the vision of Miengwe Farm Ltd which is:

To create a sustainable model of economic development and people empowerment which supersedes our sins, cultures, language and all other barriers to success. It is directed by the principles of the teaching of Jesus for the maximum benefit of the stakeholders, the Republic of Zambia and more importantly for the love of our God.              

The CopperKing Ltd incorporated a trust: The CopperKing Development Trust which is a non profit organization whose sole objective is to educate, empower and set up small scale rural people with viable businesses.

They all have the same Lord, who generously gives riches to all who ask for them.

Romans 10:12

Empowering the people of Masaiti, Zambia

 

Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social or economic strengths of individuals and communities.

It involves the empowered person developing confidence in his/her own capacity and in being able to attain their God given potential.

It is a process of increasing the ability of individuals to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions.

Communally we have knowledge, intelligence and wisdom and once it is shared we empower each other to move up the chain – we map the path as we strive for Godliness (we were made in his image but will always fall short of His glory)

  • Knowledge: knowing the rules of the game
  • Intelligence: knowing how to apply the rules to achieve desired outcomes
  • Wisdom: knowing which outcomes to strive for
  • Godliness: a point we will never achieve but in which wise choices are made at the expense of the person making the decision for the sake of doing what is right for mankind for the sake of God.

 

Concept

 

 

1) Objectives

 The objective of this document is to highlight economically viable income generating activities for the people of the Masaiti district and beyond.

2) Aim

The aim is to allow people to choose which activities will be best suited for the land they are situated on and the skills they feel they are suited to.

3) Requirements

Once it is deemed feasible for an individual to undertake one of the activities we will systematically evaluate whether they meet the requirements and will evaluate their likelihood of success.

  • Is the applicant entitled to be on the land?
  • Do they have the drive to succeed and the capacity to learn and can we prove to a lending organization (CopperKing Development Trust) that they will repay their loan?
  • Are they willing to participate legally within the economy, pay tax and be loyal to the Government?

 

4)         Introduction to the models

Over the years we have worked to develop models that can be easily replicated and rolled out to interested individuals and parties using the knowledge we have gained from our own commercial venture.

We are developing packages where controls, procedures, extension services  and simple accounting systems will give participants the best chance of enhancing profitably.

We are developing small commercial farmers (profit driven) rather than subsistence farmers in order to create a huge base of primary producers and for them to be able to rise up into the economy as they improve over time and with God’s blessings for their efforts.

4.1) Piggery

The greatest risk exposure in pig farming is during the breeding cycle as this is where the most specialized knowledge, critical hygiene and special attention should be given. Smaller scale farmers also do not have access to the best genetics or the correct feed for each stage.

  • With this in mind we have decided to minimize the risk for entrants to the industry by initially doing all the breeding ourselves and supply the new farmer with a 30kg weaner pig.
  • Nsobe Sow Unit –has been delayed due to a lack of funds but we intend to produce 5000 weaner pigs a year – 2500 of which we will grow out ourselves and 2500 of which will be sold to the out growers.
  • Due to the fact that players in the feed industry are supplying sub grade feed which small scale farmers cannot make a profit with we are supplying our out growers with feed which we are mixing and using ourselves.
  • We have developed low cost pig housing units which seem to be working very well.
  • Nsobe Processing has committed to buy all the pigs back at 100kg live weight.
  • The Nsobe Abattoir ensures that the animal is slaughtered in a humane way and that strict hygiene measures and that cold chain quality is maintained.
  • We are regularly seeking new genetics and are coming up with our trade mark small scale adapted animal called the “Nsobe Village Pig”
  • Results have been fantastic with trialists averaging a net profit of K290 000 per pig in only 90 days. (K2,9m per 10 pigs in three months which gives a monthly income of +/- K900,000 per month per ten pig unit)

 

4.2) Aquaculture

In aquaculture mono sex culture of the fish is important as males grow 30% faster than females on the same amount of inputs and as such it is best to do all males.

This involves complex hatchery technology and as such is prohibitive to the small scale farmer.

No industry will develop in the absence of a supplier of fingerlings and as such we have decided that we will facilitate this and have installed two hatchery systems and when our expansion program is complete we will be able to supply ten million fingerlings into the Zambian market every year.

A 2000 year old Chinese green water system (using the pigs to fertilize the ponds to produce algae or plankton which is 70% protein and which the fish readily eat) allows for a very economical way of producing fish and is what we are promoting for grow out units.

  • All male fingerlings will be supplied to farmers wishing to grow table fish.
  • Supplementary feed will be made available through Miengwe Farm Ltd but this will be supplied by Tiger Animal Feeds who are currently sponsoring some of the out growers.
  • The fish will be kept by the out grower for one year.
  • Nsobe Processing will buy the fish for processing, blast freezing and onward sale but farmers may sell their product externally on their own.
  • The fish projects will yield the highest return once the construction cost of the pond is paid off. (In China hundreds of thousands of hectares are under ponds which were dug by hand and we have proved that this can be done here.)

4.3) CopperKing Beef

  • For the past 7 years CopperKing Ltd has been working on an adapted beef animal that will be specifically suited to the Zambian environment (low nutritional grasses due to high rainfall leaching) and the final product will be called the CopperKing animal. It Uses the Bonsmara from SA as the sire line and the hardy indigenous Boran from Kenya as the female line.
  • Results have been extremely good: – a compact animal which carries beef and grows fast, matures early and finishes well in a feedlot.
  • We have currently got 4 out growers within our network and intend to expand this as resources are made available in order to achieve export numbers.
  • We are working towards the development of an export beef industry once animal numbers are adequate to support the industry.
  • To facilitate an export industry  an investment partner is required to set up and manage a Beef Export Abattoir and related facilities in the vicinity of Ndola through a partnership with the CopperKing Ltd.
  • To lobby Government for vetinary control to allow the Copperbelt to be able to manage diseases and thereby offer protection to the whole industry.
  • The beef project is profitable but is a long term one and should only be considered once small scale farmers have an interim means of earning a living.

4.4) Broilers

This model is not yet available and has been developed by Tiger Feeds for the CopperKing Ltd and is currently being tested.

4.5) Layers

The same applies to the above and Tiger Feeds Ltd have developed a small scale low cost layer battery unit which is easy to erect, does not require power and accommodates 70 birds per unit.

4.6) Forestry and Tree planting

  • This model is also not yet ready and is being worked on by John Farr a founder member who is currently involved with a Zambian Forrester named Ronald Mwanaumbi.
  • The intention is to first encourage every family to plant fruit trees to meet domestic requirements
  • The second will be to teach people how to establish small scale nurseries
  • We intend to encourage the planting of indigenous hardwood trees in order that as a group we can apply for a carbon credit rating which can be turned into cash when sold to global polluters such as the USA – these will also have a long term timber value.
  • Nurseries of Arcacia Albida (used to fix nitrogen into the soil as a substitute to chemical fertilizers) will also be demonstrated.
  • We intend to seek the advice and support of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate –Dr. Wangari Mathaai. This remarkable lady started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya
  • We will encourage the planting of Julbernadia Paniculata (Mutondo) which is good for honey production.

 

4.7) Bee Keeping

  • This model is being worked on by Horst Wendorf and John Enright of Kafakumba Mission and Rivendell Farm and is attached separately.
  • Families will be encouraged to do Bees as a sideline and can earn up to K500,000 per month if they can keep 50 hives going.
  • Hives will be supplied by Kafakumba through the CopperKing Development Trust who will buy all the honey.

4.8) Maize –Farming Gods Way

  • In order to promote self sufficiency and to provide a supply of maize to Nsobe Stockfeed we are encouraging every family to grow some maize.
  • Phil Bailey an English man has successfully implemented a conservation farming practice know as “Farming God’s way” in eastern province with great results – 40 bags per lima and he has made his model available to the CopperKing Development Trust for use within our program.
  • This free course has been run once at Nsobe and will be re-run every month until the beginning of the rains.

 

4.9) Bush & Bundu Retail meat outlets

  • In order to establish local involvement at all levels the CopperKing Ltd initiated a franchise concept whereby Zambian families could join the Franchise arrangement at no cost as long as they fulfill the requirements and pay cash up front for processed stock.
  • A model for how the butchery would be run and managed was developed and currently three Bush & Bundu meat outlets are successfully trading on the Copperbelt.
  • Franchisees are required to buy product from Nsobe Processing thus extending the economic chain.

 

Bank Details

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Ndola

Branch #: 260103

Kwacha account

Account name: CopperKing Development Trust

ZK Account #:62282966509

US $ Account #: 62282966690

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