Farming is the major economic activity for about 55% of the economically active population. About 70% of the rural population depends on agriculture as their main source of livelihood with about 95% of them being small holders. The major agricultural activities are crop production and livestock production. Among the wide range of vegetables produced are pepper, tomatoes, cabbage, okra and garden eggs. Livestock production has a very good potential and the municipality is encouraging it. There are a number of poultry farmers in and around Oyarifa and
Abokobi, the municipal capital. The major ones include Amas Farms and Vida Farms at Oyarifa and the Abokobi Agric Project.
Other livestock production includes the rearing of turkeys and cattle even though not on a very large scale like poultry. About seven (7) farmers are known in the municipality to be rearing rabbits and are located in Akporman, Boi, Ashongman and Abokobi.
The production of cash crops like maize, cow pea and cassava are also very encouraging. The women in the rural communities mostly farm and process cassava into Gari and Cassava dough this is predominant in Teiman. Alternate livelihood in the municipality includes mushroom, snail production, grass cutter rearing, rabbit and poultry farming.
The Assembly will facilitate and promote this programme in collaboration with its development partners to ensure that more farmers go into it. This is premised on the rapid urbanization and its attendant loss of farm lands. Petty trading, stone cracking and artisanary are some of the non-agricultural activities carried out in the rural areas of district. Details of Major Crops, crop production by locality and livestock production are given in Table 1.13 and 1.14 respectively.
Irrigation facilities for farming are located in the following areas and are mainly for vegetable production. That is Kweiman, Musuko, Kwabenya and Haatso. The Kweiman irrigation facility is out of order and need to be rehabilitated to ensure all year round water for farming.
There are also a number of ponds which can support aquaculture. The Assembly would therefore have to explore and put the potential to generate employment. The ponds are located at Danfa, Abloradjei, Sesemi, and Otinibi. The Assembly would also be ready to enter into private public partnership.
AGRIMAT is the main supplier of agricultural inputs in the municipality even though there are smaller distributors. Inputs supplied include but not limited to Seeds, Machinery and Chemicals (NPK 15:15:15, Ammonia, Roundup, Ceresate)
There are quite a number of agro-processing companies in the municipality. Most of them are engaged in the bagging and packaging of yams and are located at Agbogba. The goods after packaging are then exported. The packaging is done on large-scale basis. Pineapples are also processed into fruit juice and sent to the local market. It is however worthy to note that the raw material, pineapples are not produced in the municipality but are brought from Nsawam and its surrounding communities. Worthy of mention is the Nkulenu Industries located in Madina which also processes vegetables and fruits on large scale.
The municipality is well known for its poultry production and to complement this economic activity is the production of poultry and pig feed. The major centres where feed mills are located are Adenta West, Oyarifa, Abokobi and Amrahia which is located at the eastern boarder of the municipality
Marketing of Agricultural Produce
The various agricultural produce in the municipality, that is crops, vegetable, livestock and the agro-processed products are marketed both locally and on the export markets. The produce is bought either at the farm gate level or the marketing centres at Madina, Taifa and Haatso markets.
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