The Akyemansa District is dominated by the agricultural sector which employs over 80 percent of the working population of the district. The district is predominantly rural and well-endowed with rivers, streams, fertile lands and forest which support the cultivation of different types of crops, both cash and food crops.
The cash crops include oil palm and cocoa, while the wide variety of food crops include sugar cane, pineapple, watermelon, coffee, yam, cocoyam , cassava, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, okro, eggplant, and rice. The high volumes of water provides opportunities for agricultural production all year round which creates employment, reduces poverty and the supply of agricultural produce to other parts of the country and for industries.
The existence of agricultural research institutions both within the district and in adjacent and neighbouring districts contributes to agricultural production in the district.
Livestock production is not carried out on a very large scale in the district. Animals such as goats, poultry and sheep are kept by farmers who also engage in crop farming to supplement household incomes. A few communities in the district carry out non-traditional agricultural activities such as snail and grass cutter rearing, bee-keeping and tree planting under the National Plantation Programme.
Farmers in the district are however confronted with several challenges; they include limitation in accessing bigger markets which can offer better prices for their produce, high post-harvest losses due to inadequacy of storage facilities, lack of knowledge of storage, chemical application and shortage of chemicals, inadequate extension services delivery due to poor nature of roads, and inadequate transport and logistics. Access to credit facilities at the bank is also a challenge due to lack of collateral which the majority of the peasant farmers cannot meet.
Minerals and other Natural Resources
Akyemansa District has deposits of gold and diamond which account for the large mineral prospecting and exploration by a number of firms and small-scale mining operations. The district also has quartzite and huge deposits of clay around Ofoase as well as plentiful water
Agricultural activity in the District can be categorized into crop farming (cash and food), animal husbandry and fisheries (fishing and fish farming).
The major cash crops grown in the district are oil palm and cocoa whilst cola nuts and citrus are also popular plus plantain, cassava, cocoyam, rice, maize, vegetable crop.
Eight (8) bags of minimum size maize have been given to a farming go hectares. Meanwhile more groups are on waiting list for the programme. Oil palm plantations can be seen in all parts of the District as the palm fruits have ready market from the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company.
National Youth Employment Programme
This part contains information on NYEP beneficiaries, staffing, inventory of assets and employment situation.
The District Is Benefitting From The Following Model.
1. Community Teaching Assistance.
2. Health Extension Workers.
3. Waste and Sanitation Management (zoom Lion). 4. Mosquito Spraying Gang.
S. Youth in Security (community Police). 6. Youth In Hairdressing.
7. Youth in Sewing.
8. Youth in Road Maintenance.
9. Youth in ICT.
Details description of some of the models
Community Teaching Assistance
Akyemansa District is endowed with many locality ethnic groups. It entails the THREE main Akyem Traditions. That is KOTOKU, ABUAKWA and BOSOME respectively. More so Krobos, Ewe, Fantes and Northerners are found in our area. Due to this, Teachers need to Mann the affairs of the children are enormous.
Comparing the recruitment made by NYEP in juxtapose to that of GES renders most of the school vacant. I am therefore appealing to the Department to re-consider our District for more Teachers.
Date Created : 11/23/2017 3:29:48 AM