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Mpika is a town in the Northern Province of Zambia, lying at the junction of the Great North Road to Kasama and Mbala and the Tanzam Highway to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It also has a railway station on the TAZARA Railway about 5 km away. Mpika is an administrative centre and lies near the Lwitikila Falls. Nachikufu Cave, with rock art from the Neolithic period onwards, lies to the south of the town. In the 1970s the Swedish government aid agency SIDA founded an agricultural college just outside Mpika. Many expatriates from Sweden, India, Iran, and other countries were hired to teach at this college. Eventually all the positions at this college were taken over by local professors, and the expatriates have moved on. In 2007, an extension of Malawi Railways From Mchinji and Chipata to Mpika was proposed, with a junction linking with the TAZARA Railway.
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