July 9, 2020 / 3:38 PM / a month ago

Zambia copper production rises to 342,734 tonnes in first five months of 2020 - govt

A miner sweeps the floor underground at the Chibuluma copper mine in the Zambian copperbelt region, file. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia’s copper production increased to 342,734 tonnes in the first five months of this year, from 330,024 tonnes in the same period of 2019, the ministry of mines said on Thursday.

Copper production was projected to continue rising in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 in line with rising prices driven by factors including growing production of electric vehicles that rely on copper.

Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Emma Rumney

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