Farming is the major occupation of the populace.Major crops grown in the District are cassava, maize, yam, plantain, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. Non-traditional products, particularly snails and mushrooms, are also being produced and their production is rising providing avenues for investors to exploit emerging export markets and reap significant foreign currency earnings.
Importantly, there are large tracts of arable land, which can easily be procured. Besides, the district’s agricultural workforce have considerable experience and are very amenable to learning new techniques, which can improve productivity per hectare even higher than their current, relatively high levels.
The Ghana Battery Factory at Adukrom is the district’s flagship industrial establishment. It is the only company in Ghana that makes automotive batteries. However, the availability of very good basic social and economic infrastructure, coupled with a relatively cheap, sufficient supply of trained and still trainable manpower resources, makes Akuapim North District a place full of economic advantages to site manufacturing firms.
The district’s proximity to Accra, which is only a 50-minute drive away, ensures nearness to affluent and emerging markets for industrial products that are price competitive, and makes liaison operations with industrial regulatory authorities relatively easy. An added advantage for investors setting up in Akuapim North is the sheer dynamism and support for responsible entrepreneurship provided by the District Assembly itself, and the high calibre of the staff of the local government institution.
The arts and crafts industry is also very vibrant in the district, having artisans who are highly skilled in making ceramic products and wood carvings. In particular, those skills can be hired by investors who wish to exploit the market for such products, created by the inflow of tourists into the district, to savour its many tourist attractions.