Manufacturing and Processing
The manufacturing industry is limited by the relatively small size of the domestic market. It is centered on carpentry, block making, blacksmithing, welding, masonry, dressmaking, distilling of local drinks, oil extraction, soap making using local materials and cassava processing. The manufacturing industry continues to be underdeveloped and characterized by small-scale agro-based processing set-ups. The potential for the growth of these areas of manufacturing is, however, promising in view of the strategic location of the district.
Commerce and Industry
Buying and selling account for the major economic activity of the district. The industrial sector has also not seen any remarkable improvement over the last five years due mainly to the unfavourable socio-economic condition of the district and other external factors. The mineral resources, gold, diamond, jasper and shales deposits identified in the 1980s still remain unexploited.
Strategic investments were made in market infrastructure development during the 1996-2000 Medium-Term Development Programme. Under its Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 1996 - 2000, the District Assembly constructed markets at Kute, New Ayoma, Nkonya Bumbula and Kwamekrom. The market at Tapa Abotoase was also constructed with funding from the Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (ASIP).
These investments were made against the background that revenue generated from them would help promote the development of the district. These markets are organised on specified days. Items traded in include cassava, plantain, cocoyam, yam, fresh tropical vegetables, fish and fish products, fruits, spices and livestock among others.
Significantly, itinerant traders from many parts of the country, especially, Kumasi, Accra, Akatsi, Keta, Ada and the Afram Plains dominate commercial activities at these centres.
Mining And Quarrying
The district is endowed with rich natural resources. Geological studies evidenced deposits of gold and diamond according to reconnaissance survey on the district. Analysis of samples of band of shale found along the stretch of Bowiri-Kwamekrom show potential of purest quality that could supply raw materials for the ceramic industry.
Throughout the district there are stone deposits for quarry activities. This resource supports the road and other construction industry. The technology used, apart form the established firms, is however crude in many cases. Women and children are usually engaged in cracking of stone for sale to building firms and individuals. The predominant areas are Bodada, Abotoase, Akaa, Baglo and Dzolu.