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Industry

There is no large industrial establishment in the district at the moment.  Industries in East Mamprusi District are at a basic stage. The sector is dominated by small-scale activities using mostly indigenous technology. These include Processing of shea butter and extraction of groundnut oil, processing of ‘dawadawa, bicycle Repairs, Blacksmith ‘Pito’ Brewing, Vulcanising, Weaving of traditional textiles and baskets,Tailors and Dressmakers, Carving, and soap making.

These can be further developed into large-scale industries provided the resources and logistics are in place to warrant and support the establishment and promotion of cottage industries. The established small-scale enterprises are mainly one-man businesses. Some are family based. There is the need to identify these businesses give the needed support and to increase production levels and improve upon quality of goods produced and services provided.

Mining
The District is one of the three areas of the region where limestone deposits occur. The East Mamprusi deposits consist of both limestone and dolomite suitable for the production of cement and quick lime. It is located ten kilometres north east of the village of Gbangdaa on the Gbangdaa- Yunyoo road.

An investigation reveals that there are fifteen million metric tonnes of good quality limestone which can further be upgraded by screening and washing. The estimated quantity of Dolomite is twenty to thirty thousand metric tonnes. 

Income  Levels
Income Levels are generally low. The District is considered as one of the areas in the country where mass poverty exists. Household real incomes are too low to satisfy basic needs .The situation is even worse among rural dwellers who are predominantly engage in small scale subsistence food production. Women are by far the more vulnerable group situation that negatively affects children as well. Among such rural poor incomes are as low as between ¢700,000 to ¢900,000 per annum.

The low incomes and the general poverty situation coupled with absence of large-scale enterprises have affected revenue mobilisation of the District in one way or the other. The District has identified a number of problems inhibiting revenue mobilisation in the District. These are inadequate data on all revenue items negligence in the payment of fees licences and other taxes, improper supervision of revenue collectors lack of means of transport for revenue mobilisation, inadequate training for revenue collectors and lack of education and sensitisation on tax obligation. Effort is being made to raise internally generated fund by involving sub-District structures of the Assembly in revenue mobilisation.

There is one community bank operating in the District currently. This is the East Mamprusi Community Bank with an agent at Langbinsi and Nalerigu. Banking services need to be extended to the other large communities to boost rural micro financing.


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