Location and Size
The District shares common boundaries with nine districts namely Atwima Nwabiagya and Atwima Mponuah to the west, Bekwai Municipal, Amansie Central and Obuasi Municipal to the east, Atwima Kwanwoma to the north and Upper Denkyira and Bibiani to the South. The District borders the Central and the Eastern Regions. Geographically, the District is located within Longitude (6.05o, 6.35o) West and Latitude (1.40o, 2.05o) North. It spans an area of about 1,230 square kilometers and it is the one of the largest districts in Ashanti.
The adjoining Regions and Districts provide opportunity for brisk commercial activities in the District. The location of the District makes it the gate way to Ashanti from the Western and Central Regions. This offers great potential for promoting the development of its hospitality and the art and crafts industries.
The topography of the District is generally undulating with an elevation of 210 m above sea level. The most prominent feature is the range of hills, which stretches across the northwestern part of the District. The Offin and Oda rivers and their tributaries including the Jeni, Pumpin and Emuna constitute the main drainage system.
The climate of the District is the Wet Semi-Equatorial type. It has a double maxima rainfall regime with the major rainy season occurring between March and July while the minor rainfall season occurs between September and November. Mean annual rainfall ranges between 855mm and 1,500mm. The average number of rainy days for the year is between 110 and 120 days. The months, December to March are usually dry and characterized by high temperatures, and early morning moist/fog and cold weather conditions. Temperatures are generally high throughout the year with mean monthly temperature of about 27ºc. Humidity is high during the rainy season. The months of December to February, however, record very low humidity.
The vegetation of the District is mainly of the rain forest type and exhibits moist semi deciduous characteristics. This makes the land very fertile and suitable for cultivation of food and cash crops such as cassava, rice, maize, cocoa, citrus, oil palm, and citronella grass among others. The District has four main forest reserves. They include; the Oda River Forest Reserve,Apanprama Forest Reserve, Jimira Forest Reserve and Gyeni River Forest Reserve. The activities of people in the District by way of poor farming methods and illegal mining and logging has destroyed the primary forest.
Date Created : 12/5/2017 4:26:25 AM
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