The people of Bosomtwe are predominantly farmers. However, those around the lake Bosomtwe combine fishing with farming. The District has one paramount chief i.e. Kuntanase Traditional Area with about 10 divisional chiefs (Abrempong) in the whole district.
Sacred days in the district are Tuesdays and Fridays. These sacred days are mostly used for communal labour and other activities. Communal spirit in most communities has dwindled and there is the need to revive the enthusiasm to facilitate development in the district. The chiefs and people of the district also recognize sacred days like Akwasidae, Fofie, Awukudae and the people do not undertake any farming activities.
Funeral celebration is one aspect of life that the people pay serious attention due to the high reverence the people give to the dead. There are no serious negative cultural practices in the District. Ethnic conflicts are uncommon; however, there are few chieftaincy conflicts in some parts of the District.
The district has three main types of religion namely; Christian, Islamic and Traditional Religions. With the exception of Jachie, Pramso and Dida and a few communities that have large number of Moslems with concomitant mosques where they worship, all the others are mostly Christians. Traditional religion is also practiced in some of the smaller communities like Adum Afrancho. There is a well-known traditional religion located at Kuntanase popularly known as Nana Oboanipa. All known religious composition can be found in the District. The table below shows the religious composition of the District.
The Lake Bosomtwe, as an aesthetic feature of prime importance and also as one of the largest meteorite lakes in the world, lies within the District. There are about 24 surrounding villages by the Lake. At the moment, only one settlement (Abono), a fishing community with a projected population of about 1,549, has its tourism potential relatively developed. The road leading to Abono from Kumasi is very bad, which is about 1- hour drive. There is also the availability of 24-hour electricity, lake transport, and telecommunication and toilet facilities. Moreover, Hotel accommodation, restaurant, summer huts, and open terraces are also springing up throughout the district and especially around the lake.
A significant development is the fact that Lake Bosomtwe has become the main ecotourism booster of the district and the Ashanti region. In order to promote the sustainable management of the lake, UNESCO through the Man and Biosphere Programme has declared the Lake as a Biosphere Reserve.
The biosphere reserve sustains 35 tree species, including some used for timber. The site is also home to great diversity of wildlife and to a human population of over 50,000 inhabitants whose main economic activities are farming, fishing and tourism as the lake is a major national tourist destination.
The area is widely used for research focusing primarily on climate change, as well as environmental education for schools and universities.
The Assembly in collaboration with the above mentioned key stakeholders has been working to support livelihoods whiles promoting sound conservation values geared towards sustainable development in the Lake Bosomtwe landscape since 2012.
Projects implemented at the Lake Bosomtwe within the last four years included
• Extension of electricity to the Lake Bosomtwe for all day tourist activities
• Construction of metal barrier, and toll booth and design of the frontage
• Planting of trees along the lake
The tourist site at Abono lacks modern tourism infrastructure and services, and this has discouraged tourists especially domestic tourists from patronizing the site. Accordingly, the BDA and other development partners are putting in measures to improve infrastructure and services there.
Plans for the Future Development of Lake Bosomtwe.
• Draw up a four year development plan for the lake Bosomtwe (2018-2021)
• Creation of recreational sites
• Construction of summer huts and other tourist facilities.
• Tarring of the Kumasi- Lake Bosomtwe roads to increase patronage.
• Under PPP construct cable car from Kokoado –to the Lake site.
• Tree planting along the lake Bosomtwe
• Provision of fishing nets
• Formation of women groups to access credit
• Planting of coconut trees along the lake
• Purchase of big boat for tourists
As part of replenishing the fish stock in the Lake, the Ministry of fisheries and aqua –culture is collaborating with the Bosomtwe District Assembly to construct 2-No Ponds at Abono and Asuoho-Awafo. The purpose is to rear the fingerlings in the ponds and transfer them to the lake so as to replenish the depleting stock of fish in the Lake. As part of the project, the Ministry has supplied the Assembly with 2-No Tricycle for the lake front communities and 15-No aluminium pans for the women groups.
1=KESSBEN RESORT at Patriensa
2=PARADISE RESORT at Abono
3=RAINBOW GARDEN at Anyinatiase
4=DESTINY SPOT at Abono
5=LAKE POINT GUEST HOUSE at Obo
6=LAKE-INN GUEST HOUSE at Abono
7=WILDWIN RESORT at Obo
8=GREAT LUCK HOTEL at Esereso
9=FOREST GATE LODGE at Feyiase
10=GOLD REEF at Feyiase
11=GOVERNOR GARDEN HOTEL
12=ALICE OWUSU MEMORIAL GUEST HOUSE
13=LAKE BOSOMTWE HOTEL
14=EXECUTIVE GUEST HOUSE
16=KOKOADO GUEST HOUSE
Date Created : 11/18/2017 2:43:03 AM