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Empowering East gold miners

A MENTION of Eastern province does not end without agriculture coming in the picture.
But now interventions are being implored to diversify economic activities in a region that is only known for its farming prowess, particularly production of groundnuts, maize, tobacco and cotton, among other cash crops.
But now the discovery of gold and gemstones may turn around the economic fortunes of the region.
This comes after Government’s intervention to uplift and legalise mining activities that have been taking place informally.
Hardly exploited, this sector of the economy in Eastern Province has been giving minimal benefits to small-scale miners, with no returns accruing to the Government.
This has mainly been because of the mining activities being carried out illegally, and also because there has been no government regulation.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

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