With an agrarian economy, i.e. over 50% of the population engaged in the agricultural sector, the district offers great potentials for investment both human and natural.
Among the resources naturally found in the district are:
Kwahu South District is endowed with some mineral resources of economic importance. Notable amount them are gold, bauxite, manganese, granite stone and clay. The bulk of these mineral resources still remains untapped and could be found in the following locations as shown in the pdf file Table 1
Soils in the district belong to the Forest Ochresols which consist of clay loams. Further sub-divisions of the clay-loaming soil include fine sandy loams, clay loams, concretional loamy, non-gravel sandy clay loams, sandy loams and iron pan soils. These soils posses good chemical properties of clay and appreciable amount of humus making them generally fertile and favourable for both cash and food crop production. The table (2) in the pdf file shows the main food and cash crops grown in various communities with the district.
The district has a favourable climate for agriculture as it enjoys double maximum rainfall with temperatures ranging between 26°c and 30 °c. It is however, worthy to note that the natural vegetation typical of the forest zone has been altered due to activities of man.
The ecological balance has not been much affected in the forest reserves.
There are seven forest reserves which covers an area of 37,070 hectares. These include:
1. Oworobong South
2. Abisu Forest reserve
3. Northern Scarp West Forest Reserve
4. Oworobong North Forest Reserve
5. Kadebepo Forest Reserve
6. Nkwanda Forest Reserve
7. Southern Scarp Forest Reserve
Kwahu South District is drained by a number of rivers. Notable among them are rivers Afram, Oworobong and Asubone. These rivers have rich stocks of fish, crab, shrimps, etc. whose full potentials have not been tapped. Besides some of them could be developed for river transport as well as used for irrigation. Closely linked to the irrigation potentials provided by the rivers are the low lying vast lands especially along the Afram river and the Volta lake which could support commercial agriculture.
Bamboo abounds at Obomeng and along river banks in the District. This would be given a boost by plans to plant more bamboo to serve as raw material for the development of bamboo craft.
The area along the Afram River and Volta Lake offers great potential for the establishment of fish farms. Tilapia and other fish stocks on high demand on the market currently could be ventured into by investors.
In Ghana presently, there is growing public awareness on the nutritional value of vegetables in the diet. The Afram River has great potential for irrigation for fresh vegetable farming.
Around Nketepa and New Oworobong is unique scenery of stones dubbed the Stone City. This could be developed as a Tourist Site. Besides, the area offers great potential for the establishment of stone quarry for road construction and the building industry.
These are the man made resources that could be utilized for investment purposes. They include:
The 2000 population census puts the population of the youth in the district at 40%. The youthful population constitutes a potential source of labour supply both skilled and unskilled for investment.
Numerous educational institutions exist at various levels from the pre¬school, basic, secondary, technical and vocational through teacher training college to the University or tertiary institution. In particular, Abetifi is endowed with all the various levels of educational institutions including the only university in the district. These educational institutions provide the requisite training for the youth who constitute a potential labour force necessary for investment and increased productivity. Besides, there are only a few private schools in the district and investors could take advantage to establish more considering the children population of 44%.
A healthy people results in a healthy nation, hence a healthy investment. All the levels of health delivery are provided in the district from clinics through health centres to a hospital at Atibie. It is worthy to note however that apart from being inadequate there is a concentration in the urban settlements to the neglect of the rural which constitute the bulk of the population. Besides, majority of these health facilities are public institutions with only a few privately owned health facilities. Generally, the level of services provided in both public and private health facilities are affected by inadequacy of both personnel and equipment and apart from Atibie government hospital; cases are often referred to other hospitals outside the district. The above situation creates a great potential for the injection of much needed private capital into the health sector for better and improved health care in the district.
All urban settlements enjoy considerably stable electric power supply. In the rural areas however, the picture is different. Some, especially rural settlements close to or near the urban settlements enjoy electricity. Undoubtedly, availability of power supply is a requisite for investment.
Almost all the urban settlements are linked with first class or tarred roads, a situation which may not exist in the rural settlements where roads largely remain untarred and unmotorable especially in the raining season. In terms of road network, the situation may be comparably better in that almost all settlements in the district are well linked. However, the surface conditions of some feeder roads are not good especially areas near the Afram Plains. Routine maintenance of some feeder roads are carried out annually by the Department of Feeder Roads (D.F.R.). Telecom services are provided by all the major operators in the industry in Ghana. These include Ghana Telecom, Areeba, Tigo and Kasapa. In terms of coverage, One touch and Areeba offers a better choice of service.
Peace and Security
Peace and security are necessary ingredients for any investment. The Kwahu South District enjoys relative peace and security. Chieftaincy disputes are not very common in the district. Thus, there is relative peace among the various traditional authorities. This coupled with the absence of radical youth and the security provided by the police with a station at Mpraeso and other communities allows one to say with confidence that the district is peaceful and well secured for would be investors.
Kwahu South District has great potential for tourism development.The largely undeveloped tourism sector is reflected in the relief, drainage, festivals, hotel accommodation, restaurant and bars, pottery, historical sites and shrines.
The high relief of between 220m and 640m has the capacity to influence the local temperature which are often cool and conducive for tourist especially from the temperate regions. Besides, the scenic beauty of rocks generally and in particular at Amate and Kotoso provides great attraction to tourists. Caves found at Abene (Nana Ampong Adjei cave spot), Oboyan, and New Oworobong (Opambuo cave) add to the attractions. Special mention should be made of the Tourism Receptive Centre, the Bamboo Shrine and the Old British bauxite mining spot, all of which are found on the Odwenanoma scarp top.
Prominent rivers like the Afram and Pra drain the district. These rivers, apart from fishing, could be developed for river transport. Natural waterfalls such as the Oku Abena falls at Bokuruwa and Oworobong water falls provide great attractions to tourists.
All over Ghana, the Kwahus are noted for the celebration of the Easter festival. On this occasion, all well meaning Kwahu travel back home to join in the celebration of the Easter festivities. All manner of entertainment abound during this occasion. A recent addition to the celebration of Easter festivities is the annual Paragliding festival on Odwenanoma Mountain. The Kwahu South District Assembly in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Development Board organize this activity for tourists who register from far and near annually. It is to worthy note that the site is still underdevelopment. This chapter cannot end without a comment on the celebration of funerals by the Kwahus who revere the death. Funerals which are mostly held at week ends serve as a curious attraction to the tourist.
For anyone to appreciate the culture and traditions of the Kwahus as a people, it may be better to visit some historical sites in the area. Notable among them are the ancestral walkways, Abene, the paramountcy, Bruku shrine, Ramseyer route, Bassel Church, the highest habitable point in Ghana etc. The Bruku Shrine can be found between Kwahu Tafo and Kotoso. This shrine which represents a great deity among the Kwahu people has two magnificent rock projections namely the "Bruku" and "Boagyaa", the male and the wife respectively. Their priests were reputed for using psychic healing, herbal medicine and sooth saying to heal, settle cases and control their subjects. They also induced fecundity of the soil and fertility of human beings and animals. Any person who introduced any god from elsewhere needed to seek permission from "Bruku" the fetish priest. Sacrifices were and continues to be offered by both the Chiefs and other fetish priests in the Kwahu traditional area to the shrine.
Hotels and Restaurants
The development of tourism and provision of hotel accommodation are inseparable. Tourists need comfortable accommodation and restaurants to provide both local and continental dishes. Presently, there are a few first class hotels and restaurants located on the ridge. These include Modak Royal Hotel (Pepease), Ohene Nana Classic Hotel (Mpraeso) and Awo Gyaa and Katson Hotels (Obomeng). Others which are mostly budget hotels are found at Obo, Atibie, Abetifi, etc. Inspite of the existence of these hotels and restaurants, more investment is needed in this area to adequately cater for the accommodation needs of tourists. During Easter and other festive occasions, tourists face serious accommodation problems as all existing hotels are booked in advance. Table (3) in the pdf file shows the identified potential tourist features in the District.
Refer for pdf file for tables