The District is unfortunately not endowed with timber resources due to the nature of its vegetation (i.e wooded savannah) However, there exists the presence of isolated illegal chainsaw operators in the district, whose activities are gradually degrading the forest and the environment in general. As a result, people have to depend extensively on wood for constructional purposes from outside the district.
Out of the categories of manufacturing industries, only small-scale industries exist in the district. These range from carpentry and joinery, metal smelting, shea butter extraction, automobile fitting, refrigeration repair, cassava processing, cereal milling,’ bakery, shoe making, tie and dye and batik making to fuel dispensing. These small-scale industries are thriving pretty well in the district. However, access to credit facilities in order to expand them by their owners remain a problem.
This sub-sector provides employment for a considerable number of people in the district. The major items of trade are agricultural products and inputs, orthodox and herbal drugs, auto-parts, clothing, provisions and petroleum and plastic products. Women dominate the commerce sub-sector in the district. However, their contribution to the local economy is not much felt due to the small nature of their businesses (petty trading). Commerce in the district is an area that has not been fully harnessed for socio-economic development as compared with farming.
The district has five (5) major market centres located at Kpassa, Sibi, Damanko, Tinjase, and Nabu. The unfortunate issue about these market centres is that, most of them operate effectively on the same day of the week. This limits the opportunity of producers and traders to send their products/wares to as many of the markets as possible within a week. This situation minimises sales of traders as well as revenue base of the Assembly.
Besides, infrastructure development at these market centres is still moving at a snail’s pace. The markets do not have adequate essential structures such as stores/stalls, places of convenience and sanitary equipment. Thus, the poor infrastructure base of these market centres coupled with the same market days phenomenon does not augur well for the development of the district’s economy.
Date Created : 11/21/2017 3:39:13 AM