Zambia’s copper production rose 16% in the first five months of 2010, aided by rising global metal prices.

Copper output for the period from January to May 2010 stood at 321,132t, compared to 276,230t produced during the same period last year.

Zambia is expected to achieve its target to raise copper production to about one million tons by 2011, from just below 700,000t in 2009, reports Reuters.