The industrial sector of the District employs about 6.3% of the population and made up of mainly small-scale industries, mainly Artisan in textile or garment, charcoal processing, carpentry, metal works, milling, brewing (Pito), and woodcarving. There are also few food-processing units which process cassava into gari, oil palm and palm kernel extraction. In the various settlements, people are also engaged in some other productive activities such as local gin distilling (Akpeteshie), basket weaving, masonry, bakery and hairdressing; these activities are carried out by both private entrepreneurs and some social groups.
The service sector employs about 11.8% of the population and are mainly workers in the Public and Civil Services, drivers (mostly commercial drivers) etc.
This sector employs a handful of the population (about 9.1%) and are mainly traders. Most of these people are middlemen who buy directly from the farmers and sell to traders from Accra and Kumasi. At times some of these traders transport the goods to nearby market centres such as Kintampo and Techiman. The District completed the implementation of the 2002-2004 Medium Team Development Plan in the year 2004. As indicated in the performance review of the plan, activities targeted for implementation attained various digress of success, The review coupled with a stakeholders forum, informed the identification of current needs and aspirations of the population.
The identified needs represent the current development gaps from the implementation of the previous Development plan based on the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS I) These needs have been identified under the major themes of the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS II).
Trade and Industry
The intervention in agriculture will be complemented with appropriate interventions in the local trade and industry sector. Though practised on a small scale in the district, it is one of the most important economic activities, next to agriculture. Industries in the district include carpentry, blacksmithing, dressmaking, pito brewing, cassava processing, etc.
The establishment of certain industries depend on availability of certain facilities to facilitate in its operations such as source of power and raw materials. The entire district enjoys single-phase electricity, which does not support the operations of heavy industrial machines. This however deters entrepreneurs to establish businesses in the district. There is therefore the need to upgrade the existing electricity supply in other to entice more vibrant industries into the District.
Date Created : 11/17/2017 1:52:14 AM
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