BACKGROUND AND LOCATION
The Kumasi Metropolitan area has an approximate area of 254 square kilometres and it is located between latitudes 6035” and 604”N and longitudes 1030” and 1035” E. It shares boundaries with the Kwabre District to the north, Atwima Kwanwoma and Atwima Nwabiagya District to the west, Ejisu-Juaben Municipal to the east and Bosomtwe District to the south.
The current population is estimated at about 1,517,000, with a growth rate of 2.5% per year.
The vegetation of the metropolis falls within the moist semi-deciduous section of the South-East Ecological zone.
The Kumasi metropolis falls within the sub-equitorial type of climate and is characterised by average temperatures ranging from 21.50C to 30.70C.
Average annual rainfall is 625m with peaks of 214.3mm and 16.2mm in June and September respectively. The rainfall pattern is generally good and evenly distributed.
The average humidity is about 84.16% at 09.00 GMT and 60% at 15.00 GMT.
The major soil type of the Metropolis is the Forest Ochrosol.
The Metropolitan area is dominated by the middle Precambrian Rock. It is within the plateau of the South-West physical region which ranges between 250-300 metres above sea level. The topography is generally undulating.
The major rivers and streams in the metropolis include SubIn, Wewe, Susan, Aboabo, Oda Owabi, Suntre, Akrubu, Acheamponmene and Asuoyeboa.
COMPONENTS AND ROLES OF MOFA IN KUMASI METROPOLIS
MOFA in Kumasi consists of three main components based on the activities executed. These are:
STATISTICS, RESEARCH AND INFORMATION DIVISION (SRID):
VETERINARY SERVICES: Staff are located at the abattoir, the veterinary clinic and the field. There is collaboration between the private and public veterinary services.
The various areas of activity include:
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Source: MOFA- KMA, 2009
Sheep distributed to farmers under the Credit-in-Kind Scheme
Fishermen drawing their harvesting nets
Well constructed fish pond at Akate Farms in Kumasi
Vegetables – Cabbage, Carrots, Spring Onions, Green Pepper, Lettuce, Cucumber, French beans
Root & tubers – Plantain, Cassava, Yam,
Cereals – Rice, Maize
Non-Traditional – Mushroom, Grass cutter and Snails
Horticultural – Flowers
A cabbage farm at Gyinase
Metro Director having discussion with a vegetable farmer
a) Farm input distribution: Although the sale of farm inputs has been privatised staff are involved in the distribution of inputs
b) Sale of Foodstuffs
a) Meat / Milk – Sausage, Asamoah Yamoah Poultry products
c) Gari processing at Anloga, Industrial food processing- Golden web at Atonsu.
6. COLLABORATION: There is close collaboration between MOFA and
d) NGOs such as Self Help
e) Educational Institutions such as KNUST, Kwadaso Agricultural College etc.
MAJOR PROJECT IMPLEMENTED: Livestock Development Project
AGRICULTURAL INPUT SALES
The metropolis has become a hub for the sale of agricultural inputs in the sub-region. The agro-inputs being traded include agrochemicals, fertilizers, irrigation equipment and farm implements. There are 20 agro-input importers and distributors and over 300 retailers in the metropolis. Most of the agro-input retailers’ shops are concentrated at the Kumasi Kejetia bus terminal.
The major agro-input dealers include: Messrs Sefa and Jane Agro-chemical, Bentronic Agrochemicals, Chinese Woman, Obek, Kaakyire Badu Agrochemical, Kumark, Enepa and K. Badu Agrochemical
MARKET AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES
Central Market All commodities
Asafo Market Fish, Foodstuffs
Asawasi Market Maize, Cola, Groundnuts
Bantama Market Foodstuffs
Anwona Market Processed cassava (Gari and Starch)
Tafo Market Foodstuffs
Mayanka Market Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs & their meats
European Market Exotic Vegetables
Race course All commodities