Location & Size
The Agona West Municipal can be found in the eastern portion of the Central Region. It has a total land area of 540-sq. km. and a population of 160,000. The municipality is divided into eleven zones. It lies within latitudes 5 30’ and 5 50N and longitudes 0 3.5’ and 0 55W. The area is bounded to the East and West by /Effutu Municipal and Asikum/Odoben/Brakwa Districts respectively. The municipality shares a border to the northeast with Akim West Municipal, to the northwest with Brim-South District and to the South, with Gomoa District.
Agona West Municipal is the capital and has a population of about 40,000. It lies to the north of Winneba and is about 40 km. Off the main Accra-Takoradi Highway. The location of the township makes it the commercial center or the region and a modal point from which roads radiate to the rich cocoa growing countryside of the Region. Has a total land area of 667 square kilometres
Topology & Drainage
The District has an undulating topography, which slopes from north to south. This includes isolated hillocks of granite rocks which mostly allows for two main seasons. The Agona District is basically undulating and slopes from the north to the south with isolated hillocks in the north-east, most of which is made up of granite rocks. Two main rivers, Ayensu and Akora, drain the area.
The district is in the wet semi-equatorial climate zone and has a bi-modal system of rainfall, with maxima occurring in May/June and September/October. Annual rainfall of the area ranges between 1000mm - 1400mm. This puts the area in the forest zone, which Allows for two main growing/wet seasons. The. dry-season lasts from December to March with the highest mean monthly temperature of 33.8C being recorded between March/April. The lowes.t mean monthly temperature of 29.4C is, however recorded in August.
The area falls within the moist semi- deciduous forest zone and has a lot of valuable trees suitable for timber processing. Tree Species, such as mahogany, sapele, wawa etc are common in the area. As a result of environmental degradation caused by farming and the activities of logging companies most of the original forest is being reduced.to secondary forest.
This secondary forest is mainly of Celtic triplochiton to the west and aritiaris chlorophora to the east. However, thickets and patches of.primary forest still exist even though grass species are gradually gaining prominence in parts of the district.
Geology & Soil
The soils of the district are mainly forest ochrosols. These are mostly alkaline in nature and are ideal for the cultivation of varied agriculture produce especially forest crops. Besides, the soils also support the growth of commercial tree crops such as cocoa, ’citrus, oil palm etc. etc. Consequently, agriculture activities constitute the main occupation of the populace .with the cultivation of tree/food crops, sugar cane, cassava vegetables, cocoyam, maize etc. etc being the main produce.
Date Created : 11/29/2017 8:01:35 AM