Ghana’s economy is generally regarded as agrarian, largely due to the sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), labour absorption and to foreign exchange earnings. The 2010 PHC for the first time collected data on agricultural activities; namely, crop farming, tree growing, livestock rearing and fish farming. The data collected consisted of types of crops cultivated and trees crops grown, farm size and type of cropping; livestock types and their numbers, and the numbers of keepers. This chapter presents information on households that are into agriculture, the type of farming activities they practice and the number of livestock reared.
Households in Agriculture
A household is defined to be an agricultural household if, at least, one person in the household is engaged in any type of farming activity, namely crop farming, tree growing, livestock rearing and fish farming (GSS, 2012).
Table 7.1 provides data on the number of households engaged in agricultural activities in the District. In all, 82.9 percent of the households in the District are engaged in some form of agricultural activity- crop farming, tree planting, livestock rearing or fish farming.
Types of Farming Activities
It can further been seen from Figure 7.1, that the highest proportion engaged in agricultural activities in the District is those in crop farming (98.6%) and this s followed by 39.4 percent engaged in livestock rearing. Tree planting (1.1%) and Fish farming (0.2%) are not common among the households engaged in agricultural activities in the District.
Distribution of livestock, animals reared and keepers
Livestock rearing is undertaken by more than one-third (39.4%) of the households in the District (Figure 7.1). The distribution of number of livestock and their keepers across the District is presented in Table 7.1. The District has a total of 112,417 livestock of all kinds which accounts for 5.2 percent of all livestock in the Central Region.
It is observed from Table 7.1 that, chicken is the predominant livestock in the District constituting 65.1 percent and being kept by almost six out of ten keepers.
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