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Katete District

Location: Katete is one of the eight districts in Eastern Province of the Republic of Zambia.  It is situated between longitudes 31.450 and 32.300 East and latitudes 13.800 and 14.450 South.   Katete district shares an international boundary with the Republic of Mozambique in the south, with Chadiza district in the southeast, Chipata district in the northeast, Katete in the north, and Petauke district in southwest.

Area: 3,987 Km²

Population (CSO 2010): 240,818

Males: 117,507 (49.0%)

Females: 123,311 (51.0%)

Households: 48,137

Growth Rates: District (2.4)              Males (2.3)                  Female (2.6)

Population Density: 60.4 persons per km2

Constituencies and Wards: The district has 3 constituency and 28 wards

Climate: The temperatures in Katete range from 10oc to 35o c.  The hottest month is usually October with minimum temperatures ranging from 30oc to 33oc and the highest temperature ever recorded is 35oc.  The coolest period is from May to July with temperatures ranging from 10 oc to 22oc with the mean temperature being 21oc. The mean annual rainfall ranges from 700 mm to 900 mm.  The rains in the district usually start to fall towards the end of October with high rainfall amounts recorded around December to February.  The rainfall ends in March or April.  The southern part of the district receives low rainfall amounts than the northern part.             

Vegetation: The vegetation in Katete district ranges from Savannah grasslands to woodlands.  The southern part of the district is characterized by overgrazing and cutting down of trees which overtime has led to deforestation and environmental degradation.  The most common trees are Mulura and Miombo.

Socio-economic Infrastructure: The district has the following major socio-economic infrastructure:-

  1. Roads: The district has a total of 740 km roads, of which 700 km are rural feeder roads and 40.5 km are township roads. About 5 km of township road is paved.
  2. Education: The district has a total of 122 schools, of which 94 are GRZ Basic Schools, 3 are GRZ Secondary Schools, 1 is a GRZ High School, 22 are Community Schools, 2 are Private Primary Schools.
  3. Health: The district has a total of 43 health facilities, of which 19 are Health Posts, 22 are Rural Health Centres, 1 is Urban Health Centre, and 1 is a District Hospital (Level 1).
  4. Water Supply and Sanitation: Township Water Supply and Sanitation Services in district are provided by the Eastern Water Supply and Sewerage Company (ESWC) through piped water system. Rural Water Supply and sanitation services are provided by the council in form of boreholes, wells and latrines.
  5. Energy: Katete District is connected the national grid. Power supply to the district is provided by ZESCO. The district has one filling station that supplies petroleum products.
  6. Radio and Television: The district has no local radio station. The district receives ZNBC radio 1 and 2 signals. In terms television, the district receives ZNBC TV signal, and fee paying channels from MuviTV and DSTV Multichoice Zambia.
  7. Communication: Mobile phone providers in the Katete are MTN. Airtel and CellZ. Land Line Phone services are provided by Zamtel. The district has 1 Post Office.
  8. Airport: Katete District has an airstrip which serves only light aircrafts.

District Investment and Trade: Katete District has the following major investment in commerce, Industry and trading activities:

Agriculture: Major crops grown in the District include maize, groundnuts, Cotton and sunflower. Livestock reared include cattle, pigs, goats and chickens.

Financial Sector: Katete District has one commercial bank which is called Finance Bank.

Agro-Industry:   Katete district has two cotton ginneries and one cooking oil processing plant.

Shopping Facilities: The district has no major supermarkets. The district has few shops mostly owned by local people.

Trade: The main exports commodities in Katete District include agricultural produce such as maize, groundnuts and cotton. Most agricultural products grown in the province have a high potential on the international market. The lint cotton (including cotton cake) is exported to Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and China).

Five Primary Resources: Agriculture is the mainstay of Katete District’s economy. The main primary resources of the district are: Forest Products, crops such as Maize, groundnuts and Cotton, and Livestock (Cattle, Pigs, Goats and Poultry).