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Agona West

Region: Central Region
Member of Paliament: Obeng-Inkoom, Charles

 Investment And Business Potential

The Agona West Constituency is comparatively well developed, when placed against the entire Central Region, with comparatively well developed infrastructure and utility services. Most of the land area is under agricultural cultivation. The soil fertility is very high, with the potential to support the cultivation of tree crops, food crops, vegetables and sugarcane.
 
Plantation development is on the increase in the constituency and tree crops, such as cocoa, citrus, oil palm, and cola, are those under this farming type. Food crops like maize, cassava, cocoyam and vegetables also abound and the constituency supplies the Kasoa and Bawjiase markets, and even as far as Accra.
 
The constituency has potential in the cultivation of non-traditional crops and this has encouraged farmers to go into the production of such crops. These include citronella, black pepper and pineapples. Some of these products are being profitably exported. As a typically agrarian economy, agriculture employs the largest proportion of the labour force, accounting for 61.9%.
 
This is followed by wholesale and retail trading, hotels and small scale manufacturing enterprises. Both human and natural resources are in abundance, and these combined with the presence of electricity, telecommunications and a good road network, creates a very good environment for private sector manufacturing.
 
One is the traditional festival of the people, called the Akwambo Festival. Each town normally celebrates it on a different day of the year but they all celebrate it between the months of August and September of every year. Another potential tourist attraction is the confluence of the Akora and Ayensu rivers at Domoki. The river Ayensu’s nine tributaries at Agona Mankrong are also of interest to tourists.
 
The Swedru Akora beach is a prime opportunity for investors to make revenues from tourists.Other places of interest include Nana Ntrikyiwa at Kwaman, which is the river god of Agona Kwaman and also the Dancing Alligator in River Piprah at Agona Abodom. All these add up to great potential in agriculture, industry, commerce and tourism. The Agona West Constituency is determined to continue its efforts to see this potential developed by private enterprise.
 
Economic Potential
The most spectacular is the presence of markets in most major towns to promote trade and commerce. The constituency produces large quantities of cassava, maize, plantain, cocoyam and vegetables. Cocoa, palm oil and coffee are also produced. Granite for the production of quarry stone for all types of construction abound. Mining of sand occurs in several parts of the constituency, particularly, Swedru. Palm kernel oil is processed into local soap in several of the large communities. Distillation of local gin is predominant in the Duakwa and Nsaba areas.
 
Swedru is home to a number of hotels of international status where workshops and conferences are held. There are important second cycle educational institutions. The district is well served by major trunk roads and health facilities.
 
Tourism Attraction
Agona West Constituency has plenty of attractions for tourists, whether their preference be in enjoying the scenic beauty of nature, studying the various dimensions of local culture or simply relaxing within recreational spots. Importantly, many of these sites could do with development, which therefore opens opportunities for investors in the industry.
 
The confluence of the Akora and Ayensu Rivers at Domoki, a small farming community, almost five kilometres from Swedru, the constituency capital, is one such site. At the point of confluence, each river retains its distinctly different colours, a very intriguing phenomenon. Investors could develop the site and provide boats for hire in order to attract greater tourist patronage.
 
Another is the Swedru “Akora Beach” near Nkubem, a suburb of Swedru. The rocky nature and cascading water of the Akora River at the spot, coupled with the fast currents give it beautiful scenery which attracts tourists.Investors can develop the banks of the river into a park and recreational grounds.
 
Then, there are the nine tributaries of the Ayensu River at Agona Mankrong, about 32kilometres to the east of Agona Swedru. The nature of the riverbed is rocky with fast currents. Fish, crabs and lobsters abound during the rainy season. The meandering nature of the nine tributaries, coupled with the cool atmosphere provided by the vegetation cover, proves very interesting and relaxing.
 
At Abodom, along the River Piprah, 16 kilometres to the north of Agona Swedru, is the home of a dancing alligator. The alligator dances to the rhythm of Asafo drums during the Akwambo Festival. There are several other interesting tourist attractions in the constituency.
 
These include the tombs of Basel Missionaries at Agona Nsaba, the Royal Mausoleum at Agona Swedru, a big hole at Lower Bobikuma and a hill at Upper Bobikuma. Others are Asebu Amenfi’s finger on a rock at Agona Abodom and a big Odum tree on a solid rock at Agona Asafo.
 
Location & Size:
The Agona West constituency can be found in the eastern portion of the Central Region. It has a total land area of 540-sq. km. and a population of 160,000. The municipality is divided into eleven zones. It lies within latitudes 5 30’ and 5 50N and longitudes 0 3.5’ and 0 55W. The area is bounded to the East and West by /Effutu Municipal and Asikum/Odoben/Brakwa Districts respectively. The municipality shares a border to the northeast with Akim West Municipal, to the northwest with Brim-South District and to the South, with Gomoa District.
 
Agona West constituency is the capital and has a population of about 40,000. It lies to the north of Winneba and is about 40 km. Off the main Accra-Takoradi Highway. The location of the township makes it the commercial center or the region and a modal point from which roads radiate to the rich cocoa growing countryside of the Region. Has a total land area of 667 square kilometres
 
Topology & Drainage
The constituency has an undulating topography, which slopes from north to south. This includes isolated hillocks of granite rocks which mostly allows for two main seasons. The Agona West constituency is basically undulating and slopes from the north to the south with isolated hillocks in the north-east, most of which is made up of granite rocks. Two main rivers, Ayensu and Akora, drain the area.
 
Climate & Vegetation
Climate
The constituency is in the wet semi-equatorial climate zone and has a bi-modal system of rainfall, with maxima occurring in May/June and September/October. Annual rainfall of the area ranges between 1000mm - 1400mm. This puts the area in the forest zone, which Allows for two main growing/wet seasons. The. dry-season lasts from December to March with the highest mean monthly temperature of 33.8C being recorded between March/April. The lowes.t mean monthly temperature of 29.4C is, however recorded in August.
 
Vegetation
The area falls within the moist semi- deciduous forest zone and has a lot of valuable trees suitable for timber processing. Tree Species, such as mahogany, sapele, wawa etc are common in the area. As a result of environmental degradation caused by farming and the activities of logging companies most of the original forest is being reduced.to secondary forest.
 
This secondary forest is mainly of Celtic triplochiton to the west and aritiaris chlorophora to the east. However, thickets and patches of.primary forest still exist even though grass species are gradually gaining prominence in parts of the constituency.
 
Geology & Soil
Soils And Land Use
The soils of the constituency are mainly forest ochrosols. These are mostly alkaline in nature and are ideal for the cultivation of varied agriculture produce especially forest crops. Besides, the soils also support the growth of commercial tree crops such as cocoa, ’citrus, oil palm etc. etc. Consequently, agriculture activities constitute the main occupation of the populace .with the cultivation of tree/food crops, sugar cane, cassava vegetables, cocoyam, maize etc. etc being the main produce.

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