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AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Crop Farming

The major economic activity in the district is farming. Unlike in other parts of the country, where farming is left in the hands of the elderly, people of all ages in the district are involved in farming due to the high returns derived particularly from cocoa production. The other major cash crops grown in the district are coffee, oil palm, rubber, citrus and black pepper as well as coconut.

There are presence of Cocoa Buying Companies in the district. These companies offer employment to a sizeable number of the youth as either purchasing clerks, security men, labourers and drivers. However, they contribute little directly to internally generated fund of the District Assembly because they are not taxed for the cocoa they export from the district.

The district also has comparative advantage in the cultivation of food crops. Plantain, yam, cassava, cocoyam, vegetables, rice and maize among others are widely cultivated in the district. The main problems facing food crops farmers are high cost of farm inputs, low prices of food crops particularly during the main (harvesting) season.

The arable lands in the district are mainly used for the cultivation of cocoa and palm oil trees. Consequently, the land available for food crops cultivation is declining proportionately which can cause food deficit in the district.

Fish Farming

Fish Farming is fast catching up with farmers in the district. There are relatively a sizeable number of about 60 fish ponds in the district. The common species of fish reared are tilapia. The District Directorate of Food and Agriculture records show that an average of about five tonnes of fish is harvested annually.

The district has enormous potential for fish farming but this has not been fully tapped. The challenge faced by fish farmers in the district is the absence of specialised breeding point (hatchery) for fingerlings. Fish farming, if effectively packaged and marketed to the various communities, could add to the dietary and economic well-being of farmers especially during the lean cocoa season.

 Livestock Farming

Most households rear animals for domestic consumption and a moving bank. There are a few households which rear animals for commercial purposes just to supplement incomes from cocoa and other sources. The major livestock reared in the district includes cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea fowls and poultry. With regard to non-traditional livestock, grasscutter production, bee keeping and snail rearing have been identified as potential economic activities in the district thereby creating employment and increasing income of the people.

Lumbering

The district has large tracts of forest with different timber species that make the district a potential destination for timber exploitation or lumbering activities. Despite the abundance of timber species, there are no timber firms or sawmills established in the district. All the timber firms that have utilisation permits are located outside the district. For example, Omega Wood Processing Company Ltd, Ghana Prime Wood Product, Suadam Company Ltd and four others based Kumasi and Takoradi are some of the timber firms exploiting timber in the district.

There is also the presence of illegal chainsaw operators in the district, whose activities are gradually degrading the forest and the environment in general. Lumbering as an economic activity could become a great source of employment for the unemployed youth in the district. However, the current rate of exploitation of timber poses a serious threat to the environment, especially the forest reserves.

 


Date Created : 11/19/2017 3:42:28 AM