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Aowin

Region: Western Region
Member of Paliament: Ntow, Kwame Mathias

 ETHNICITY AND RELIGION

 
The population of the constituency is ethnically diverse. The dominant ethnic group is the Akan who constitute 64 percent of the entire population. Three (3) percent of the population is made up of Ghanaians by naturalization and foreign nationals.
In terms of religion the district is secular. Members of the various religions co-exist in peace and unity. Christian religion however, has the most followers of about 79.8 percent of the total population.
 
AGRICULTURE SECTOR
 
Agriculture
Agriculture is the linchpin of the constituency economy. The occupation structure of the contituency indicates that seventy eight percent (78%) of the economically active population are engaged in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing activities.
 
In addition to cocoa, the main crop grown, the constituency also produces oil palm, rubber, citrus and coffee on small scale as cash crops. The major food crops grown include plantain, cassava, rice and maize.
 
The favourable climatic conditions, high soil fertility, humane land tenure arrangements and high commitment from the chiefs and elders make the district a potentially viable destination for investments in agricultural business and agro processing.
 
 Livestock production
The rearing of animals such as sheep, poultry and cattle on large scale is being undertaking by some farmers in the constituency. The high demand for animal protein makes poultry farming and sheep rearing potential areas of investment in the constituency.
 
The presence of forage plant species such as elephant grass and guinea grass ensures year round herbage for the consumption of cattle and Sheep.
 
The constituency Agricultural Development Unit has veterinary services section with efficient staff to provide the livestock farmers with the needed technical services.
 
Fish farming
Fish is one of the major sources of animal protein for the people in the constituency. Fish is also widely eaten in Ghana because it is affordable to both the poor and the rich. The remote nature of the constituencys location from the coast makes access to fish for meals difficult and expensive. The presence of large tracts of water logged areas within the constituency provides the greatest opportunities for private investors and community members to take up fish farming to reap the advantages of large markets available locally and outside. There are over 90 fish ponds dotted over the constituency with an outstanding example from Asuoklo where about 40 fish ponds are managed. An investment outlay in this sector promises to be mutually beneficial to all.
 
Commercial Fish Farming enterprises are undertaken in communities such as Asuaklo and Dadieso. Fingerlings supply to the farmers is obtained from Sefwi Wiawso hatchery.
 
The District Agricultural Development Unit has qualified technical officers with the requisite skills to provide backstopping to the fish farmers.
 
Tourism Attractions
 
Nature based eco-tourists will find Aowin constituency a delightful place to visit. The large expenses of virgin forests, the rolling hills and valleys, the sparkling perennial rivers and the vast cocoa plantations make tourism to the constituency intriguing for nature lovers. There are lots of specific outstanding displays of nature which are unique.
 
Examples include the “Asubensue” rock, which is a hanging rock at Dadieso and the “Biggest Tree”, a tree with a girth of 3.7 metres at Apugya near Yakasi, just to mention a few. Good hotel accommodation is available at Enchi, the constituency capital and at Dadieso.
 
The constituency itself has a guest house of Enchi and there are about four other standard hotels in the town owned by private interests. Similarly, Dadieso has about three good hotels, all of which provide suitable comfort for visitors.
 
In March and April each y ear, visitors to the constituency can enjoy yet another spectacle – the annual yam festival (Eluelie), celebrated by both the Aowin and Suaman traditional areas. The festival is celebrated to purify the stools and to “feed” the ancestors with the new yam before the populace consumes it.
 
The Aowin constituency has several facets and lots of opportunities for investors and tourists alike. The constituency, supported by the Central Government is earnestly upgrading the roads and other economic and social infrastructure. This is making it even easier for investors to exploit the numerous opportunities offered by the constituency.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
The Aowin constituency lies in the mid-western part of the Western Region of Ghana between latitude five degrees twenty-five minutes and six degrees fourteen minutes North (5° 25’ N and 6° 14’ N) and longitude two degrees thirty minutes and three degrees five minutes West (2° 30’W and 3° 05’W). It shares boundaries to the South with Jomoro constituency, to the East with Wasa Amenfi, to the North with Juabeso-Bia and Sefwi-Wiawso and to the West with the Republic of La Cote D’lvoire.
 
The total area of the constituency is 2,717 square kilometers. This constitutes about 12 percent (12%) of the Region’s area of 23,921 square kilometers. The capital of the District is Enchi. Other major settlements in the constituency are Dadieso, Boinso, New Yakasi, Jema and Asemkrom.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The relief of the Constituency is strongly influenced by the geology. There are no extensive lowlands but    rather narrow river valleys interspersed with dissected hills of various degrees of steepness. The highest parts rise between 305m and 366m above sea level. Examples of these highlands are found around Enchi. To the east of Enchi there is a line of steep hills, which extend across the Tano River in a North-North East to South-south west direction.
 
The Aowin constituency is drained by two main rivers namely Tano and Bia and their tributaries, notably Boin and Disue. The Tano River meanders considerably in its progress throughout the district. The valleys of the tributary rivers differ greatly in width. The principal tributaries have well marked valleys with extensive areas of alluvial deposits similar to those of the Tano River. The rivers of the constituency have dendritic pattern
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
The constituency is underlain by lower and upper Birimian Rock formations.    The lower Birimian formation consists mostly of phyllites with injected quartz veins while the upper Birimian formation consists predominantly of volcanic rocks and relatively minor amount of phyllites. The upper Birimian formations, which have been strongly folded with dips often steeper than 60 degrees and usually form high hill ranges which stand out above the lower relief associated with the lower Birimian phyllites. Examples of the high ranges are found in areas around Boin and Yoyo forest reserves near Enchi. These highlands are steeper and strongly dissected.   
 
The major soils of the constrituency are Forest Ochrosol and Forest Oxysol types. The soil support the growth of both food crops and tree crops namely cassava, plantain, maize, cocoa, oil palm and rubber.
 

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