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Small Scale Irrigation Project, Hove

The Government of Ghana and the African Development Bank are sponsoring a 85-acre irrigation project at Hove near Koloenu. The objective of the project is to provide irrigation facilities for about 50 farm families to enable them produce vegetables and rice throughout the year. The beneficiaries are to own, manage and maintain the facilities.

The total cost of the project is ¢1.2bn. The beneficiaries community is expected to pay ¢100mcounterpart fund towards the project. The Hohoe Municipal  Assembly has paid 050m on behalf of the communities. The Assembly is expected to pay the balance in due course. The contract for constructional work has been awarded and the contractor has moved machinery to the site in the third week of November 2002.

National Livestock Project:
The African Development Bank is funding the National Livestock Project being implemented by the Animal Production Directorate of Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The project aims at assisting livestock farmers in selected Municipal  to improve their stock. The activities include procurement and distribution of breeding stocks, assistance for rangeland establishment and trainings for livestock farmers and staff of MOFA.

E-Commerce Project
This is an electronic Commerce Project being piloted in one district in each region. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture in partnership with and support from International Institute for Communication and Development (1ICD) is sponsoring the project, which aims at promoting Non Traditional Export Trade (NTE). The project intends providing NTE producers and traders information about potential markets prices for commodities, and to link them with potential buyers in the national, regional and global markets. The existing methods of linking these people by telephone and fax are not only time consuming but also very expensive.

Under the project, an information center will be equipped with two computers and website established to link MOFA’s network. A database will also be developed to capture data at the district. The Hohoe Municipal Assembly has released part of the Tourist Information Center for this Project, which will also promote the tourism industry in the district. A telephone line has already been approved for the center.   Two MOFA staff will be trained to man the center. Potential exporters/importers and the business community will access information at token fees.

Some Large Scale Agricultural farms in the Municipality  are as follows
SECTOR/COMMODITY

COMPANY 

LOCATION 

ACREAGE

REMARKS 

CROPS 

       

 

Mango

 

Volta Fruits Estate

Ve Wudome

350 (140ha

Fruiting

Mango

Volta Integrated

Agric Dev

Tafi Abuife

100 (40 ha)

Not yet fruiting

Mango

Bomarts Farm

Tafi Abuife

350 (140ha

Not yet fruiting

Mango

 

Marfco Farms

 

Gbi Avega

100 (40 ha)

Not yet fruiting

Livestock

 

     

Poultry

Hove farms

Ve Hove

30,000 installed
capacity for layers
 

Irrigation

Small Scale
Irrigation Dev

Ve Hove

17 (30 Dry season
vegetable. Prod

NON - TRADITIONAL SECTOR
Bee - keeping (epi culture) and fish farming are gradually catching up in the district. Pineapples. ginger and soya beans also have great potential. Avocado pears, oranges and mangoes, bananas are grown in the highland areas. Notably among these areas are Logba and Nyagbo. Fodome and Lolobi are noted for oil palm cultivation. Garden eggs are also grown for export.

STRUCTURE
Statistics obtained from the Agricultural Statistics and Census Division, P.P.M.E.D, M.O.F.A, Volta region for 1995 shows the following trends in agriculture in the district: Of the 10026 holders, 14% are below 20 years while 48% fall within the 30-49 age bracket. 33% are between 50 and 64 while 7% are above 64 years. The analysis shows that 60% of the farming population are below 50 years of age, while 40% are above 50 years.

Of the individual size holdings, the statistics show that 9755 holders cultivated less than a hectare. Only 271 cultivated between 1 and 2 hectares. A further look at the sex distribution of holders shows that 62% of the holders are male, while 38% are female. The above analysis show that majority of farmers cultivate small areas of land for their crops. Also about 38% of the holders are women.

AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION DELIVERY
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Agricultural Extension Agents ( AEAs) provide extension services in the following areas. The problems associated with agriculture are:
  •  Inadequate transport for Extension Staff.
  • Low farmer Extension staff ratio.
  • Over dependence on rain-fed agriculture.
  • Lack of storage facilities.
  •  Unstable prices for agricultural produce.
  • Bad feeder roads, which hinder transportation of foodstuff from growing centers to the market.
  •  Inadequate credit facilities.
  • High cost fertilizers and other agriculture inputs
  • Lack of interest of the youth to take up farming from the aged
  • Mechanization facilities (Agric Tractor Services)
  • Inadequate Agro processing facilities.
NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCES

Minerals:
There are large clay deposits at Akpafu Odomi and in Ve area especially at Koloenu, Dafor and Golokwati. This resource is being used on a small scale for pottery and ceramic works in Ve Area. The potential for large-scale clay-based industries exists, and investors could take advantage of this.

The mining and manufacture of simple farming implements, the hoe. cutlass, sickle etc in akpafu area by the ancestors suggests the existence of large deposits of high grade iron ore especially at Akpafu Todzi. The extent of deposits untapped is yet to be investigated.

Reserves of the iron ore deposits here might call for a large-scale mining industry, the basis for the emergence of an eventual industrial establishment. The Mineral Commission in 1997 granted a concession to an Australian firm for gold prospecting in parts of the district. We are yet to have a report on their activities.

 There is also an abandoned Stone Quarry at Alavanyo Wudidi that could be reactivated to boost the construction industry in the district as well as the adjacent district, which also lack such resources. Unsubstantiated reports have it that deposits of mercury, in commercial quantities, exist in the Alavanyo area.

INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
The industrial sector includes:
  •  Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Artisans and Craftsmen
  • Technical Infrastructure.
The industrial sector has seen a modest increase of about 1.5% over the past five years.

No

INDUSTRY

TYPE

PRODUCT

LOCATION

1.

Brick and Tile

Small Scale

Burnt Bricks, Rooting Tiles

Ve Koloenu. Ve Dator

2.

Pottery and Ceramics

Small Scale

Coolers, Glazed Cups & Plates

Ve Koloenu

3.

Gold Smithery

Small Scale

Jewelry -Ear- rings. Rings. Necklace

Ho hoe

4

Black Smithery

Small Scale

Hoes, Earth Chisel, Traps. Go-to-Hell, Sickel, Knives

Alavanyo, Lolobi. Hohoe, Likpe Abrani. Agate

5

Distillery

Small Scale

Akpeteshie (local gin)

Hohoe, Fodome. Ve,
Liati

6 Bagged Water

Medium Scale

Pure Water" in Sachet

Logba Tola, Hohoe

7 Key Cutting

Small Scale

All types of keys

Hohoe

8 Carving

Small Scale

Profiles, Effigies etc

Have, Alavanyo
Dzogbedze-Deme

9 Packaging

Small Scale

Mango Fruits

Ve WudoiTie

10 Weaving

Small Scale

Kente Cloth, Knapkins, Kente Stoles

Tafi Abuife, Hohoe,
Golokwati

11 Traditional Medicine

Small Scale

Assorted Herbal preparations including: Vision Corrector (Dr.Noamesi),Ahodeng   Herbal Brew,Alafia Bitters (Mr. Domi

Hohoe

12 Batik .Tie and Dye

Small Scale

Materials for clothing

Hohoe

13 Oil Extraction

Small Scale

Edible Palm Oil,
Palm Kernel Oil

Logba, Lolobi. Gbledi.
Koloenu, Golokwati,
Fodome

14 Soap Making

Small Scale

Local Laundry Soap

Lolobi. Likpe, Akpafu

15 Bakery

Small Scale

Break, Biscuits, Confectionery

Hohoe. Agate

16 Milling

Small Scale

Maize Flour, Cassava Flour, Corn Dough, Poultry Feed

District-wide. Poultry
feed - Hove Farms

17 Cassava Processing

Small Scale

Cassava Dough, Gari

District-wide

18 Rice Mills (Haulers

Small Scale

Polished Rice

Hohoe, Lolobi

19 Coffee Haulers

Small Scale

Coffee Nuts

Hohoe


Production Technology:
Simple tools are still used in most cases. Much more needs to be done by introduction of simplemodern machines to improve the capacity and capabilities of those in the manufacturing sector.

Service Industry
The service industry employs 21% of the EAP (ie about 11,378 workers) five years ago. The breakdown as compared with the present situation is as shown in table X below.

SUB-SECTOR 1996 (%) 2001
1. Public Services 5.1 4.0
2. Commerce (Trading 14.2 15.3
3. Transportation 1.2 2.2

  • With the characteristic underdeveloped financial system in Ghana, as indicated by the high ratio of
  • population per branch (38,000:1) a low level of bank transactions, the district is just fairly better off than the surrounding ones.
  • There are four major Commercial Banks and two Rural Banks operating in Hohoe the District Capital.
  • These are : Ghana Commercial Bank, Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd, Agricultural Development Bank, and
  • First Ghana Building Society. Weto Rural Bank located at Kpeve and Asubonten Rural Bank based at  

     

  • Worawora have established branches at Hohoe. There is also a branch of Bank of Ghana established at

  • Hohoe. an additional advantage for banking and financial transactions in Hohoe Municipality.

  • Another financial institution operating in the district is the State Insurance Corporation located in.

  • Hohoe. A few Susu Operators exist in the Capital, serving as a non-formal banking system in, a situation that can serve as a basis for mobilization of funds into savings by the formal.

  • Banking system
  • Extensive awareness creation about the utilization of the banking system can lead to an effective.

  • mobilization of funds into savings from the increasing/rising numbers of small scale businesses in the district.

  • Hohoe Town has a history of having served as the commercial center of the Volta Region. Between
    the period 1960-1995, however, certain factors contributed to the loss of its capacity to sustain tlie
    commercial function. Factors contributing to this state of affairs include:

  • Lack of political will that ensures that development issues are kept in the mainstream
  • MARKETS IN THE MUNICIPALITY
    NAME/TOWN MARKET DAY (S MAIN PRODUCTS SOLD
    Hohoe Monday, Friday Banana, Groundnuts. Maize. Cassava, Gari.
    Beans, Yam, Plantain, Pineapple, Rice,
    Oranges
     Logba Alakpeti 5-Day Rotational Local Yam, Maize. Cassava, Palm Oil, Cassava
    Dough
    Ve Koloenu Friday Cassava Dough, Gari. Vegetables
    Ve Golokwati Wednesday Palm Oil, Cassava Dough, Yam, Oranges,Vegetables, Nursed Tree Crop Seedlings
    Fodome Helu Thursday Cassava Dough, Gari, Palm Oil, Maize
    Fodome Amie Wednesday Maize, Palm oil
    Likpe Mate/Bala Friday Local Rice. Oranges, Vegetables, Cassava Dough, Banana
    Likpe Bakwa Tuesday Palm Nuts. palm Oil, Cocoyam
    . Lolobi Kumasi Wednesday Maize, Palm Oil, Local Rice, Vegetables, Banana
    Akpafu Odomi Tuesday Rice (local). Banana, Plantain
    . Liati Agbonyra 5-Day Rotational Maize. Cassava
    Wli Afegame Wednesday Palm Oil, Maize. Vegetables, plantain. Banana
    Alavanyo Wudidi Almost dysfunctional  
    Leklebi Dafor Almost dysfunctional  
    Have Monday, Thursday Fresh Fish, Vegetables, Carvings, Yam

    Spatial Organization
    The study of the existing hierarchy and distribution of services in the district shows imbalances in their spatial distribution. It indicates a concentration in Hohoe. This is influenced by the simultaneous concentration of population and other economic opportunities. The former itself induces the latter.

    The implication here is that potential natural resources areas are deficient in services and may hinder the attraction of population and investments.

    The need for services in these resourceful areas to attract population and investment cannot be over- emphasized. It is imperative therefore to consciously ensure that the service needs of these areas in Municipality are met.

    Policy objectives should therefore aim at evolving a network of services which meet the fundamental requirements of wide dispersal of service facilities, efficiency in terms of both cost and quality and concentrated in specific locations. This territorial dispersal of service facilities should be intended to reach out to the large number of small investors/producers scattered over the  Municipality with little or no transportation facilities.



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