In spite of the problems, constraints and Challenges outlined above, considerable investment potentials, opportunities and prospects exist for the development of the District’s economy.
Potentials constitute the strengths (advantages and resources) which are within the control of the district. Being internal factors and occurring at present, they could be used and harnessed for the development of the district. Capitalizing upon them would make the weaknesses redundant. Opportunities on the other hand are positive and/or favourable factors that make the district potentially viable. They are external in nature and they are beyond the control of the district
Abundance of Natural Resources
The District’s natural resource potentials include land for cultivation, forests and forest products, water bodies and mineral deposits.
Adequate land and Forest Resources
Rich and fertile land is available for the cultivation of both food and cash crops, including maize, plantain, cassava, cocoyam, yam, rice, oil palm and citrus. The potential in these resources for production purposes are further enhanced by the production figures below.
The District Assembly has shown practical demonstration by acquiring about 500 acres of land and is using it as nursery for palm fruits for oil palm production.
Availability of Mineral Deposits
The availability of Kaolin, Bauxite, Diamond and Gold are important development potential for the District. For example there are Kaolin deposits at Abreshia, Bauxite at Manseso and Oppong valley areas. Feasibility studies conducted by the Golden Star Resource show that there are a lot of gold deposits at the Pampe and Mampong areas.
Availability of Water Bodies
Water bodies in the district are a potential source for irrigation purposes, which is essential for dry season farming. The rivers like Manse, Ankobra and Oppong which flow in the District have considerable volumes of water all year round.
Large Population Size
The district’s population size of 115,092 offers it a larger market than other district’s within the region. The implication is that local market size is relatively big to provide ready market for both agricultural and industrial products. With the population projected to 128,427 in 2010 and 148,466 in 2015, the market size will expand to the advantage of the productive capacity of the district.
Among the areas the Assembly would readily like to collaborate with its development partners include;
Bamboo processing into furniture
About a third of the total land areas of the District are covered by the bamboo raw material. As a result of this, the Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) is in close collaboration with the District to process Bamboo into a semi – finished products. Following this, some officials of the Assembly including the community Development officer have undergone training to facilitate the process. Notable areas are Asikuma, Adesu, Nkyiase, Abesewa Gyaman, Nsuopon, and Nsuaem to mention but a few.
Oil palm production and processing for export and domestic use
The evidence of high yield of oil palm fruit is seen in the so many local palm trees scattered all over the district. For example 44,700, 71, 600 and 85, 500 metric tonnes were produced in 2004, 2005, 2006 respectively(source:
District directorate, MOFA) there are also some private companies like Twifo Oil palm plantation (TOPP) and Benso Oil Palm plantation(BOPP) which are involved in purchasing of Oil palm from individual farmers. There is also a number of registered out grower farmers in the District. Notable areas are Bawdie, Asundua, Oppong valley, Dawuranpong, Saa, Nananko, Afransie, and Nsuaem among others.
Cassava production and processing for industrial starch
Cassava is cultivated on both small and medium scale in the District. Feasibility studies show that, given the ready market, farmers are ready to go into large scale production. Among the areas where cassava is mainly produced are Moseaso, Wuwuso, Tamakloe, Saa-Anwhaim, Dikoto Saamang, and Adana.
Converting of wet valleys into fish ponds
There are a lot of fish farming activities in the District. In fact it accounts for about 30% of the total income from the agric sub – sector. Notable areas where fish farming are practiced are Adaamanso, Asundua Abenabena, Pewuako and Dikoto Junction.