The economy of Atwima Nwabiagya District is categorized into Agriculture, Industry, Trading and Services. In spite of the pre-urban nature of the District, agriculture is the dominant sector, and it employs about 50.76% of the labour force. This is followed by the industrial sector, which employs about 17.41% of the labour force. Trading, that is buying and selling employs 14.43% of the labour force.
The service sector comprising of transportation, hairdressing, hospitality and other activities, employs about 17.40% of the labour force.
Crop farming is the principal agricultural activity in the district. The main crops grown in the district are maize, cassava, yam, cocoyam, Ginger, Oil Palm, rice, Citrus and plantain. A wide range of vegetables like tomatoes, garden eggs, pepper and okro are also grown. Most of these crops are cultivated on small-scale basis. There are good soils and large farmlands available for the production of these crops on larger scales.
The District can also boast of the presence of large-scale poultry farms. These include Darko Farms, Asare Farms and Mfum Farms. Other small scale livestock like goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, grass cutter, etc. are also reared
The main types of industries found in the district are small and medium scale manufacturing enterprises. These include, Food Processing, Wood and Wood Products, Textiles/Dressmaking, Brick and tile making, distillery, chemical products, Pottery, clayware and ceramics, fabricated metal products, leather works, beads making, block moulding and Mineral Water Production. Some of the notable industries in the district include Darko and Mfum Farms Feed Mills, Afari and Mfensi Pottery, Fabi Timbers and others.
Trade and Commerce
Types of trading/commercial activities found in the district include trading in:
• Spare parts
• Alcoholic and soft drinks
• Building Materials
• Cooked foods
• Wood and Wood products
• Plastic products
• Fuel Products and lubricants
Apart from a few who trade in defined market places, most trading activities in the district are located along roads and residential neighborhoods. Most of the traders are small size retailers. Plan are far advanced by the District Assembly and other private partners (eg SMIDO) to develop an industrial site at Manhyia to relocate small and medium scale industries in the district. A huge parcel of land has already been allocated for that purpose.
Refer to tables below in pdf file.