The question on agriculture sought to find out whether any member of the household was engaged in agricultural activity. The 2010 PHC defined agricultural households` as where, at least, one person in the household is engaged in any type of farming activity, crop farming, tree growing, livestock rearing and fish farming. This chapter analyses data pertaining to primary economic activities in area of crop and tree growing, livestock and fish production in Nkoranza North District.

Households in Agriculture

Data on households engaged in agriculture in the Nkoranza North District. Out of a total of 13,882 household, 86.9 percent were engaged in agriculture while 13.1 percent are non-agricultural households. There are more households engaged in agriculture in the rural areas (89.8%) than in the urban areas (76.1%). The Table also, shows a higher percentage of urban non-agricultural households (23.9%) than the rural non- agricultural households (10.2%).

Types of Farming Activities

The distribution of agricultural households in Nkoranza North District and types of agricultural activities undertaken by type of locality. Of the 86.9 percent of households that are engaged in agricultural activities, a majority (98.5%) are into crop farming followed by 47.4 percent in livestock rearing and 4.1 percent in tree planting. The percentages for the type of agricultural activities indicate that some of the households are into more than one type of agricultural activity. Only 8 households are engaged in fish farming.

As expected, the percentage of households engaged in agriculture in the District is higher in the rural areas (89.8%) than urban areas (76.1%). There are more households (98.6%) engaged in crop farming in the rural areas than the urban areas (98%). More of the livestock are reared by rural households (50.8%) than urban households (32%). There are also more households engaged in tree planting in the rural areas (4.2%) than the urban areas (2.2%).

Types of Livestock, Numbers and Keepers
Data on the distribution of livestock and keepers in the District. The main type of livestock reared in the District is chicken (60.1%), followed by goat (13.4%), sheep (11.2%), guinea fowl (5.5%), pig (3.8%) and cattle (1.1%). The least reared livestock include bees, ostrich and grass-cutter which accounted for 0.2 percent each.

On the average, a household has 19.3 animals per keeper. The number of keepers corresponds with the number of livestock, with chicken recording the highest proportion (46%) of keepers, followed by goat (20.6%), sheep (18.7%), pig (5.9%), guinea fowl (4.4%) and cattle (1.1%). Though inland fishing is carried out by only one keeper, it recorded the highest average number of animals per keeper (1500) followed by snail (723.3), fish farming (192.7), chicken (25.3), guinea fowl (24.2), dove (24.1), ostrich (22.6) and cattle (20.4).


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