Location and Size
The Akyemansa District was carved out of the Birim North District Assembly in 2008 as part of the Government’s decentralization programme to promote effective decentralized governance and speed up the development of the area.The Akyemansa District is bordered by Birim North District to the North, the Asante Akyem to the South. Amansie East and Adansi South Districts all in the Ashanti Region to the west,. Birim Central District to the south and Atiwa and Kwaebibirem districts to the East.
The district has a very strategic location especially its capital Akyem Ofoase as it is situated among two major commercial towns and a mining town namely Oda, Nkawkaw and New Abirem respectively.
With improved road conditions linking Ofoase to New Abirem and Oda through Ayirebi, the economy of the district stands a better chance of being improved. Ofoase can be described as a nodal or a confluence town as it is located at the meeting point of the New Abirem-Oda-Nkwakaw roads.
Topology and Drainage
The central part of the district comprising the area stretching from the North to the South of Ofoase. the district capital through Chia, Brenase. Ayirebi to Otwereso in the south and Akokoaso in the east can be described fis very low lying areas. This area rises to a maximum height of 61 meters.
The district is mostly undulating and mountainous in nature. It is drained mainly by two great and historical rivers, the Pra and Birim tributary.The Pra River serves as the boundary between the district and the two districts in the Ashanti Region, while the Birim River serves as the southern boundary of the district.This number of rivers and streams has high volumes of water which is a very good potential in boosting agricultural production in the district. This potential is least utilized in the agricultural sector in the district.
Climate and Vegetation
The district lies within the wet semi-equatorial climatic zone that experiences substantial amounts of precipitation. It experiences a double maxima rainfall pattern. The first rainfall season starts from late March to early July and the second season is from mid-August to late October.
The amount of rainfall received in the district is between 1 SOcm and 200cm reaching its maximum during the two peak periods of May-June and September- October yearly. Temperatures range between an average minimum of 25.2 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 27.9 degrees Celsius. The district has a relative humidity of about 55-59 per cent throughout the year. These high amounts of rainfall and moderate temperatures have the potential of improving and sustain agricultural activities in the district.
Geology and Soil
The soils of the district can be classified into four broad categories. These are: Sweduru-Nsaba/Ofin compound Association; (around Chia. Otwereso and Abenase) Atewa-Atukrom-Asikuma-Ansum compound Association: (around Ayirebi) Bekwai-Oda Association ( around Ofoase and stretching Akokoaso) and Birem -Kyekyewere Association, (around Ofoase and stretching Akokoaso).
Greater part of the district is underlain with granite and both upper and lower Birimiam rock formation of phylite, schist, greywacke and metavolcanic and quartzes. These rocks have high potential for ground water extraction. The district lies almost wholly in the main mineral deposit area of the region accounting for the large mineral prospecting and exploration by a number of firms and small-scale in gold and diamond.
The district lies within the semi-deciduous forest belt of Ghana comprising tall trees with evergreen undergrowth. The forest contains large spices of economic trees. These trees are highly valuable for the timber industry. The district is home to 4 forest reserves, the rapid expansion of the cocoa and oil palm industries in the district is changing the original forest into a secondary type. This type of vegetation with its associated undergrowth prevents the soil from erosion and adds humus to improve the soil’s fertility.
Date Created : 11/29/2017 5:09:17 AM