Major manufacturing and processing activities in the district are mostly small scale and comprises oil palm extraction, soap making, gari-processing, furniture making, blacksmithing, woodworks and akpeteshie distillery and pottery.
Mining and Quarrying
Mineral deposits in the district include gold, diamond, bauxite and kaolin. Gold prospecting as well as small scale gold mining covers a total land area of about 343 and 159 acres respectively. Three large companies are prospecting for gold at Abreponso, Adjapoma, Kwabeng, Asikam. Other small scale mining activities are in quarrying mainly at the lowlands along the Kumasi-Accra road. The boulders are extracted from the foot of the Atiwa hills.
The Assembly can boast of timber resources. Many timber species such as mahogany and Kyenkyen etc are found in the forest reserve. The forest resources are under siege from deforestation, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation of the timber and Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs).
The forest serves as storehouse for collection of commercial fuel wood harvesting and charcoal burning to satisfy the ever-growing energy requirements of both the rural settlements and the urban communities. Other NTFPs activities of the forest reserves include collection of fruits, Mushrooms, herbs, chewing stick, cane, snails, poles etc.
Threats to large Mammal Fauna
The livelihood opportunities for the forest fringe communities are based on farming, hunting and poaching. In nearly all the forest reserves, the surrounding communities depend largely on the forest and the reserves and these activities gravely pose a threat to the large mammal fauna within the forest. Peoples desire to consume bush meat lead to increased hunting evidenced by the common sight of spent cartridges and mammal traps in the forest blocks
Farm Encroachment and Illegal logging/Chain Sawing
Forest fringe communities engage in farming activities in and around the forest and evidence exist that encroachment of the forest reserve is occurring in all forest reserves in the kingdom. The activity of timber firms exploiting timber logs from the forest is also taking a greater toll on the natural timber species.
Logging destroys wildlife habitat and adversely affect large mammal populations. The noise made by logging machinery disturbs the wildlife species. When the timber firms have finished their logging, illegal chain saw operators continue the menace destroying further the forest resources.
Date Created : 11/24/2017 3:12:29 AM