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Ketu South

 

Background

The Ketu South District is strategically located between Latitudes 6o00’N and 6o10’N and Longitudes 1o00’E and 1o10’E and serves as the Eastern-Gate-Way to the country.

The border town, Aflao, is less than 10 kilometers from Lome, the capital of the Republic of Togo and less than 200 kilometers from Accra.  Ketu South has the highest population density in the Volta Region.  The district is noted for its vibrant cross-border trade, production of high quality vegetables from underground fresh water, high quality gari for export and very strong and viable marine fisheries.  The district has about 30 kilometers of Lagoon extending from Blekusu to the Keta Lagoon and this provi9des a large opportunity for aquaculture activities and salt mining.

Physical and Natural Environment

Location and Size of Ketu South

The Ketu South District lies at the south – eastern corner of Ghana between Latitudes 6°00’Nand 6°10’N and Longitudes 1°00’E and 1°10’E.. It is bounded in the east with the Republic of Togo, to the west with Keta District, to the north with Ketu North District and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean.  The District has a total land size of about 400 sq. km.

Topography and Drainage

Ketu South District is a relatively low land area with altitudes from less than 15 metres at the coast and increasing to 66 metres inland.  The coastline is fairly smooth and marked by sandbars.    The Drainage of the District is towards the South and is dominated by several seasonal streams. About 30 kilometres of lagoon, extending from the Keta lagoon at Blekusu to the environs of Aflao also exist to provide opportunity for aquaculture activities and salt mining.

 

Figure: Lagoon stretching from Aflao to Keta

Geology and Soil

The District is underlain by three main geological formations namely the Dahomenyan formation to the North made up of soils such as Tropical Grey and Black Earths, the Regosolic Groundwater Laterites, the Recent Deposits of the littoral consisting of marine sands and the Tertiary formation comprising Savannah Ochrosols for its soil type. These soil types are suitable for the cultivation of different types of crops.

Climate

The District experiences the dry Equatorial type of climate.  The average monthly temperatures vary between 24℃ and 30℃, which are generally high for plant growth throughout the year. The mean annual rainfall for the District is 850mm at the coast increasing to 1,000mm inland.  The rainfall is of double maxima type occurring from April to July and September to October.  The dry season, which is dominated by the dry harmattan winds, extends from December to February. Generally, rainfall in the District is considered low and erratic particularly along the coastal strip between Agbozume and Aflao during the minor season.

Vegetation

The original vegetation of the District is Coastal Savannah woodland made up of short grassland with small clumps of bush and trees found mainly in the Northern parts of the District.  To the South are coastal scrub, grassland and mangrove forests in the marshlands.  The locally known trees are Agorti, Adzido, Atortsi and Atsitotsi. Another well-known plant is the Ketsi, which is used in making mats, hats and local basket known as Kevi.  Along the seashore, the plant cover does not form a continuous carpet but is dotted with herbaceous, erect or creeping plants.

However, the extensive farming activities in the District have, over the years, reduced the natural vegetation.  Amid these are cultivated holdings of cassava, maize, coconut, “Atsitoe”, occasional baobab and fan palm.  The decimation of the vegetation by population pressure may have adversely affected rainfall in the district.

 

Environmental Situation

Condition of Natural Environment

The land suffers from many human activities, which degrade the environment.  These activities include uncontrolled sand winning which is carried out particularly in Aflao, Somey Fugo and Wego sub-districts.

Furthermore, annual bush fires occur especially between November and April. Another negative activity is the unbridled felling of trees for fuel, wood and other purposes. In view of the high incidence of tree felling, the Forest Services Division has established a range at Denu. The range has a total holding capacity of about 120,000 seedlings. The Service is also supporting the establishment of tree nurseries, woodlots and tree planting by individuals and communities.   The District has also established a total of 40ha of wood lots all over the District.

Condition of Built Environment

Most of the physical structures are unplanned in the district due to inadequate planning layouts to guide construction particularly in the urban centres.  The Town and Country Planning Department is drafting the layout for the Tokor and Aflao Urban awaiting presentation to the stakeholders before its implementation starts.

The major classes of land use in the District include settlements, agriculture, infrastructure networks, wetlands, beaches and open waters. The few urban centres have other land uses like commerce, industry. Land management practices are generally very poor.

In relation to the built up environment, the main problem is with waste management. In this regard, two areas have been identified to be of interest to the environmental situation in the district. These are Liquid waste and solid waste management.

  • Liquid waste

It is noted that about 40 percent of the settlements in the District have no access to toilet facilities. A lot more of the settlements rely on traditional pit and pan latrines. The Assembly is still phasing out the pan and pit latrines. There are 40 public toilets in the urban centers. These are however under very high user pressure. There are however, a few household and institutional toilet facilities. The District has one cesspit emptier for dislodging human excreta. Unfortunately, there is no final disposal site for depositing waste. This delays the dislodging of human excreta in public toilets especially. As a result most private homes dig holes behind their houses and dump the wastes in them. This continuous to spread disease infection and hence lost of man hour for economic development.

  • Solid waste

Most settlements in the District are without organized refuse disposal sites. Domestic rubbish (solid waste) is disposed of in nearby farms or in bushes surrounding residential houses. Others also bury wastes in the ground.  The District has only 2 refuse trucks one of which belongs to the Zoom Lion Company Ltd.

Water Supply

The major sources of water in the District are wells, pipe borne, bore hole, rain water, streams and rivers. The rural communities depend on rain water, wells and streams. Those in the urban areas depend on water supplied by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and the rural water by the Volta Region Community Water and Sanitation Program (VRCWSP). The GWCL operates in Denu, Aflao and Agbozume. There are two 100m³-capacity reservoirs at Denu and Aflao.

At Agbozume the system is made up of one borehole with electro submersible pump with rising mains, a distribution network made up of UPVC and AC mains of 100mm diameter and 50m3 capacity reservoirs. The total distance of the distribution network in the township is about 6 kilometers.

The Volta Region Community Water and Sanitation Program had constructed over 60 boreholes which are serving some rural communities.

In all, there are about 100 boreholes, 1,304 pipe stands, 2 dams, 1,242 hands dug wells, 200 water harvesting systems, 2 hand pumps in the District which provide water.   Many people in the District lack potable water supply.

Demographic Characteristics

Ketu South District continues to grow at a rate of 2.0 percent annually.  The 2000 Population and Housing Census recorded a total population of 155,781 with females dominating by 52.7 percent. With the growth rate of 2.0 percent, the population is projected to increase to 190,271 by the December 2010. The high population growth in the District is largely attributed to the influx of immigrants mainly from the nearby countries: Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Niger who engage in commercial activities in the District.  The population according to the five administrative sub-districts in the District is shown in table 1.

Population by Urban Council

SN NAME OF AREA/ URBAN COUNCIL TOTAL   2010
      MALE FEMALE
1 Aflao Wego 16,183 7,734 8,449
2 Aflao Urban 51,158 23,662 27,496
3 Somey Wego 23,123 10,830 12,293
4 Somey Fugo 23,757 11,240 12,517
5 Klikor 41,560 20,085 21,475
  TOTAL 155,781 73,551 82,230

Source: District Statistical Unit, 2010

Age and Sex Distribution of the Population

Age and sex composition of a population serves as a useful guide to demographic trends and development decision making. The age structure can be grouped into three broad categories. These are 0-14 (dependants), 15-64 (active working population) and 65 years and above (dependants).

According to the 2000 population and housing census, the total population of people in the 0-14 age cohorts is 64,094 representing a total 41.2 percent of the total population. The population of the people within the 15-64 age cohorts is 80,459 also representing 51.6 percent. Meanwhile the aged form a total of 11,228 which is approximately 7.2 percent. Comparatively, the total number of dependants (0-14 and 65+) is lower than the number of the economically active population. However, the dependency ratio is 1:1 meaning that one economically active person will look after one dependant.

Broad Age Distribution

 

Age cohort Population Percentage
0-14 64094 41.2
15-64 80,459 51.6
65+ 11,228 7.2

Source: District Statistical Unit, 2010

Sex and Rural-Urban Distribution of the Population

Ketu South District is female dominated as about 52.7 percent of the total population is females. This has a potential of a high increase in population in the future.

The District also shows a high level of rural communities as over 65.2 percent of the population lives in the rural areas. There is therefore the need for more vigorous rural development projects to be undertaken in order to alleviate the plight of the rural poor and avoid possible rural-urban migration and its attendant problems.

Sex distribution and rural-urban distribution of the population

  Total Share Of R/POP Sex ratio Male Female Rural Urban
Number 155,781 155,781   73,551 82,230 101,569 54,212
Percentage 100 9.5 89.4 47.3 52.7 65.2 34.8

Source: District Statistical Unit, 2010

Society is very dynamic. The population of the people being planned for changes and so it affects the future the development of the area and the people. Based on the growth rate of the Ketu South District, the population was projected using the exponential method. This is meant to ascertain the future needs and aspirations of the people viz-a-viz the total number of the people.

Projected Population of Ketu South (2010-2014)

YEAR TOTAL MALE FEMALE
2000 155,781 73,551 82,230
2010 190,271 89,835 100,436
2011 194,115 91,650 102,465
2012 198,036 93,502 104,534
2013 202,037 95,391 106,646
2014 206,118 97,318 108,800

Source: District Statistical Unit, 2010

Labour Force

The District labour force is mostly made of people within the ages of 15 to 64. According to the 2000 population census about 80,459 also representing 51.6 percent forms the labour force of the District. However, due to economic hardships on majority of the people in the District, minors (those between ages 10-14) are engaged in serious economic activities such as farming, truck pushing, fishing, and other commercial activities such as trading. Statistics available revealed that there are about 460 registered child labourers identified in the following communities in the District: Blekusu-Anyiehe (Mina), Agavedzi, Adina, Amutimu, Tetekope-Adafienu and Blekusu-Dziehe. The children are engaged in fishing and vegetable farming in these communities. However, 200 out of the 460 are withdrawn through the ILO/IPEC programme, which sought to prevent the incidence of child labour in the West African Sub-Region.

 

AGRICULTURE

The Agricultural sector is the single most important economic sector in the Ketu district, employing over 53% of the labour force. Agricultural activities are differentiated into three main sub-sectors.

Crop Sub-Sector

The Crop Sub-sector accounts for about 60% per cent of agricultural activities in the district. The                 crops in the sub-sector can be categorized as arable crops, plantation crops and vegetables.

Arable Crops

The major arable crops grown in the district are maize, cassava, cowpea and sweet potatoes.

Maize and cassava are virtually grown at every part of the district except along coast.  The                             mode land size holding for maize and cassava fall within one to two hectares (1-2 ha.) range.

About 40 percent and 95 percent of the farmers grow the local variety of maize and cassava respectively.

There are several local varieties of cassava in the district.  This is as a result of the cross border inter-phasing with farmers from the Republic of Togo.  Penyivi, Bazooka, Hushivi, Dogbevi, Busumsia and Biafra are some of the local varieties. These varieties are good for the production of cassava dough, gari and Agbozume biscuit.  Currently there is only one improved seed maize producer in the district.

Obatampa and Abelehi are some of the improved maize varieties cultivated by farmers.

However, there are some local varieties namely, Gbowunefa, Ablivi and Aditsibli amongst others.

The cassava and maize are cropped in the maize-cassava inter-crop system.  The current                                  yield of maize is 1.3 tons/ha and that of cassava is 9.4 tons/ha (2005). 182,722.0 metric tons of                  cassava and 29.833.41 metric tons of maize were produced in 2009. Refer to table 8 for more details.

Plantation Crops

Coconut is the largest plantation crop grown in the district.  Large contiguous plantations are                   evident all along the coast.  Isolated smaller units down to few trees around compounds are also                    seen in the hinterland.

There are mixtures of varieties grown all over.  There are no sources of improved seed garden for              farmers to procure true-to-type seeds or seedlings for cultivation. Farmers therefore depend on their trees from their seed source.  The result is poor performance of the generations.  There had not been any conspicuous pest and disease situations of coconut in the district.

Aside weed control until the canopy closes no other management practices are undertaken with the cultivation of coconut. The coconut fruits are either harvested fresh for eating or as copra for the processing into oil.

Mango production for export is an emerging enterprise. Currently, land holding ranges from 2.0 hectares to 40.0 hectares. However, contiguous plot of land over 40.0 hectares is hard to come by.  The two distinct productions seasons per year make South Eastern Ghana a good destination for mango production.

Urban Vegetable Productions

Though there is a general vegetable production throughout the district as a way of life, the actual vegetable production as a business, which is known as Urban Gardening, is concentrated along the coastline. The traditional areas covered include Aflao, Awakorme, Viepe, Denu, Hedzranawo, Adafienu, Wokadedzi, Tetekope and Agorko.  Currently the urban gardening is expanding to Nogokpo and Agbozume areas.

The land tenure amongst is mainly leasehold and the land rent ranges from GHC20.00 – GHC50.00 per acre per annum.

The vegetables produced are onion, chilies, okro, tomatoes, carrot and leafy vegetables (Gboma).

The urban gardening business is an all-year-round activity with water obtained from shallow tube wells mechanized by electrically operated water-pumping machines.

The cropping calendar is Onion (May-September) Chilies (September-May), Tomato (June-November) Okro, Carrot and Leafy Vegetables – all year round.  The various vegetables are cropped in pure stands.

Organic fertilizers (Poultry manure and Cow dung) are mainly used.  However, some amount of            Sulphate of Ammonia top dressing is made including Micronutrients.  Occasionally NPK and urea are applied.

Pests and disease control are mainly by use of inorganic pesticides with some few using biological pesticides.

An urban garden in Aflao- onion production under sprinkler irrigation

Urban gardening is a labour intensive business using labour at all phases of production.

The enterprise employs about three thousand people.  Out of this number about six hundred                                 (600) people are farm owners out of which women form about 20% percent.  The rest of the                   number, form the labour force of which 105 (percent) are the permanent labour.

The target market for the chili is the European market, whilst the Onion and Tomatoes are for the domestic market, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

The leafy vegetables and carrot are mainly for the domestic and the Togo Markets.

Rain-fed Vegetable Production

Purely commercial rain fed vegetable production is carried out at Dordokope, Tsiforleme near Nogokpo and Akame.  Here, they mainly cultivate okro, pepper and tomatoes.

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LIVESTOCK SUB-SECTOR

Livestock production forms an integral part of Agricultural production in the Ketu District. Livestock             and Poultry are a source of food, income, recreation and also an important element in the                    socio-cultural context.  They are also a means of storing wealth in times agricultural plenty and provide cash reserves for emergencies and guarantees of food security in times of crop failures.                                                                                                  The main types reared in the district include cattle, sheep and goats, pig poultry and quite recently,

Cattle

These are mainly the West African breeds, e.g. Sanga.  They are kept mostly in Nogokpo.

Sheep and Goats

They form the majority of livestock reared in the district. Almost every crop farmer owns some form             of livestock and or poultry.  However, concentrations are at Glitame, Agbozume and  Dodorkope

The main system of production is the traditional backyard system of mixed sheep and goats.                                There are two main types of this being operated:-

(a)The Village flock system under which animals belonging to small scale farmers are generally                       left to their own devices.  Supplements like household wastes are given when available.  Health case                 is minimal in this case.

(b) Pen – urban flocks/herds are generally confined in backyards for most of the time and allowed out                for grazing for only a few hours in the day.  When feed supplementation is inadequate nutritionals deficiencies do occur under this semi-intensive system.  The two main breeds are the West African Dwarf and the Dyalonko.

Pigs

The African swine fever has reduced the number of pigs in the district drastically. A few however, remain at Aflao, Dzodze and Agbozume.  The main breed is the Large White and the Ashanti Black. The latter found mainly in Aflao and Akame is left to scavenge whereas the former is normally housed and fed.

Poultry

Even though few numbers of these can be found in almost every household, still there are commercial farmers as well who keep them in quite great quantities for both meat and eggs production.  The commercial poultry (exotic breeds) in concentrated at Aflao, Denu. Laklevikorpe

The main breed consists of the local 288.  Starbro, russel 566 and 579.

 

Grasscutter

The production of grass cutter started few years now in the district and it is one major project or enterprise earmarked by the District Assembly towards development to provide job opportunities or means of employment for many people.  Grasscutter production is scattered all over the district but producing areas include Aflao, Hatsukope and Agbozume.

Towards the development of the sub-sector as a whole, the directorate has put certain mechanisms in place so far as agricultural extension services delivery is concerned

Measures such as range over sowing demonstration fodder bank establishment, purchase of improved sires to upgrade local stocks and education of farmers on general good husbandry practices are among the numerous efforts put in place by the District Directorate.

FISHERIES SUB-SECTOR

Marine Fisheries

The coast stretch of the district extends from Blekusu on the East to Aflao on the West. Marine fishing is intensive from Blekusu to Adafienu, where livelihood is dependant on fishing.

  1. The beach seine
  2. The purse seine nets (Watsa).

There are Two hundred and four (204) canoes in the district.  Out of this, One Hundred and Fifty-five (155) are used for beach seine fishing and Forty-nine (49) for Watsa. (Source: Canoe Frame Survey, 2004).Based on the assumption that on the average, Forty-five (45) Fishermen work on beach seine canoe, there are about Seven Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-two  (7,882) Fishermen in the district.  Pelagic fish species such as Anchovy and Sardine are caught throughout the year with the peak season from August to October.

Other fishing gears in use but on a very small scale are Drift Gill Net and Hook and Line.

Catch Outputs

Type of Net 2000 (Mt) 2001 Mt ) 2002(Mt) 2003
Beach Seine 3283.72 2847.91 3011.00 Not
Purse seine 2992.46 721.68 626.50 disaggregated

Source: Marine Fisheries research Division (MFRD) Tema

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with seven communities (Blekusu, Agavedzi, Amustinu, Adina, Adafienu, Denu and Aflao) along the coast has put in place the Community based Fisheries management Communities (CBFMC) to co-manage the fisheries resources.

Inland Fishing

The flood plains from Aflao to Blekusu serve as fishing spots when the rains come.

Fish Processing

Mostly women operate fish processing in the Ketu District.  Chorkor Smoker; this industry has grown even faster than anticipated producing better quality-smoked fish. The constraints been faced by the stakeholders in this enterprise is the inadequacy of firewood which is used as fuel for the smoking            of fish. Solar energy is being exploited on clayey patios for the drying of anchovies.

Fish processed in the district serve neighbouring Togo and other Sahelian countries.

Credit Facilities to Fish Processors

In the immediate past (up to2006) there were three main schemes supporting fish processors in the district.

These are:

  1. Small Scale Credit, Input and Marketing Project: Two Hundred and Twenty-three thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC223, 000.) was disbursed to seven groups with a total membership                      of Seventy-five (75) All the beneficiaries are women.
  2. Village Infrastructure Project:  Seventy-two (72) women benefited from a                                          One Hundred and Nine, Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC109,000.00)  package.
  3. Agricultural Development Bank Loan: A total of One hundred and Sixty-four thousand,                  Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC164, 500.00) was disbursed to Forty-Seven (47)                               women in three groups.

 

PROJECTS ON-GOING IN THE KETU SOUTH DISTRICT

DEVELOPMENT PARTNER ASSISTED PROJECTS

There are Four (4) on-going Development Partner Assisted projects in the district.

These are:

(i)                 Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)

(ii)               Export Marketing Quality Awareness Project (EMQAP)

(iii)             Market-Oriented Agricultural Programme (MOAP).

(iv)             Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP).

Millennium Challenge Account

The programme is a United States of America funded programme from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to support an Agricultural Transformation programme in  Thirty (30)  districts in Ghana that grow high value crops. This is a five year programme (2007-2012).

The Millennium Challenge Account has three components:-

(i)                 Agriculture Project

(ii)               Transportation Project

(iii)             Rural Development Project

 

A billboard announcing the presence of the MCA in the district

Under the Agriculture Project, the Ketu South District Agricultural Unit (DADU) primed and handed over Fifteen (15) Farmer Based Organisations (FBOs) comprising 35 smaller groups, made up of 770 members (530 males, 240 females) to Millennium Development Authority.  Out of this figure, Eleven (11) Farmer Based Organisations have had their members (585) trained and received inputs for one acre of maize as grant (starter packs).

However, each beneficiary is to contribute the cost of one bag of maize to the group’s account to assist the group to develop.

Distribution of “starter packs” inputs

 

Business plans have also been developed for each FBO for its members to access loans from the banks. So far only one FBO, Mawunyo Vegetable Farmers’ Group, Denu has accessed the credit component from the bank under the MCA programme.

Other FBOs are also in the process of accessing the loan

An MCA- assisted maize farm (Starter pack) in Lotakor

Under the Rural Development Project, three (3) schools are to be rehabilitated in the district. The beneficiary communities are Aflao, Agbozume and Gamadzra.

Under the Transportation Project, no roads have been identified in the Ketu South District. This is because at the time of the identification, Ketu North and South were operating as one district, Ketu, and all the priority roads fell in Ketu North

 

 

 

 

 

Export Marketing and Quality Awareness Project (EMQAP)

This is an African Development Bank funded project to enhance access of horticultural crops into premium export markets.

In the year 2010, Ketu South is to train 240 farmers in horticultural and cassava production in six (6) training sessions and organize 2 field days by the end of December.

Training in pruning under EMQAP in Klehorme

As at the end of August, Ninety (90) pepper farmers have been  trained in production technologies and Fifty-five (55) farmers benefited from study tours to Bird’s Eye chili production project outside the district.

Training in pruning under EMQAP in Klehorme

Market-Oriented Agricultural Programme (MOAP)

MOAP is a German Development Cooperation (GTZ) assisted programme and is to roll out till 2013. It was introduced into the District in 2010. The programme’s objective is to strengthen the agricultural sector’s competitiveness on domestic and foreign markets by capitalizing on the country’s agricultural potential to generate significant income for the rural population. The programme has three (3) components:-

(i)                 Promotion of selected value chains

(ii)               Support to public sector services

(iii)             Support to private sector organizations.

In the Ketu South, MOAP is developing a Pepper Value Chain. A two-day workshop was jointly organized by MOAP for Ketu South and Keta farmers on Pepper value chain and an interim Value Chain Implementation Team has been put in place in each of the two districts.

Root and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Programme (RTIMP)

The RTIMP is being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Ghana (GoG).

The main objective of RTIMP is to enhance income and food security to improve the livelihood of the rural poor and to build a market-based system to ensure profitability at all levels of the value chain.

In 2009, the RTIMP targeted supplying 1,800 tertiary farmers with improved cassava planting materials. As at June, 2010, a total of 986 tertiary farmers have been reached. This is as a result of the long distance between the secondary planting material multiplication sites and the district.

PURELY GHANA GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROJECTS

Block Farm

The Block Farm is operational in Ketu South in 2010. Under the Block Farm, government provides ploughing services and supply inputs to the farmer who pays back at the end of the season. The farmer can also sell his produce to the government if he chooses. Three active groups have started this major season.

These are;

(i) The Truth Farmers Association at Kpoglu with 31 members (29 males, 2 females)

(ii)  Amedzikope Dzigbordi farmers Association at Amedzikope with 18 members

(17 males, 1 female).

(iii) Tublukope Youth Farmers Group at Tublukope with 18 members

(13 males, 5 females)

The three groups altogether cultivated 32 hectares of maize.

Drought is the greatest challenge faced by the farmers this major season (March-July)

STRENGTHS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Strengths

(i)                    Available arable land

(ii)                 10 No. dams and reservoirs

(iii)                Sea for fishing

(iv)                High water table for irrigation purposes

(v)                  Private tractor owners

(vi)                Competent and committed staff

(vii)              Experienced farmers and fishermen

(viii)            Large low-lying areas for fish pond construction, rice and sugarcane  production

(ix)                Ready market

(x)                  Strategic position-proximity to Lome and Accra

(xi)                Good network of access road

(xii)              Availability of electricity in almost all areas

(xiii)            Good communication system

(xiv)         Availability of Financial Institutions

(xv)              Abundant sunshine for processing.

Opportunities

(i)                      Agricultural Training Institution

(ii)                    Management Training Institution

(iii)                  Regional Agricultural development Unit’s support for backstopping

(iv)                 Availability of Research Institution

(v)                   Support from the District Assembly

(vi)                 Availability of NGOs in Agriculture

(vii)           Donor support for Agricultural Sector (AgSSIP, RTIP, Food Crops Project, PSI                            for cassava and oil palm)

(viii)         Availability of vegetable export agencies

(ix)                  Central Government funding for Agriculture

(x)                    Existence of Ghana Irrigation Authority

(xi)                  Globalization

(xii)           Internet services

(xiii)         Interest of Government in Agriculture

Estimated Population of Livestock

Category 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Cattle 1653 1898 1954 1975 2056 2054 2247 3504 4157 4476
Sheep 24241 20251 22476 24750 24955 23640 24470 23840 24672 25168
Goat 12874 14978 16198 19678 24567 21268 23648 21470 24784 25271
Swine (IND.)

Swine Exotic

450 658 1918 1670 675 4731 3784 3732 4193 4276
1610 1714 740 650 878 545 476 450 376 418
Fowl (Local) 49718 42782 39781 38280 431361 45147 46078 46156 47080 47623
Fowl (Exotic) 7889 6501 7984 6774 4755 9138 9459 10,210 9874 10,270
Duck 8038 7341 8364 9054 15092 13969 14170 13150 15076 14794
Turkey 2794 2786 2496 2368 2495 2702 2841 2672 2746 2848
Guinea fowl 7642 7541 6756 7754 8922 8829 8523 7840 8480 8640
Rabbit 38 52 172 261 341 352 381 356 376 394
Dogs 5780 5489 6098 6484 6870 7511 6718 6527 6474 6849
Cats 3486 4068 4164 4679 5869 4966 5789 5680 4879 5780

Crop Production Figures 2005 – 2009

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
CROP No. of Farmers Area Under Cultivation (Ha) Yield (ton/ha) Estimated Production (Mt) No. of Farmers Area Under Cultivation (Ha) Yield (ton/ha) Estimated Production (Mt) No. of Farmers Area Under Cultivation (Ha) Yield (ton/ha) Estimated Production (Mt) No. of Farmers Area Under Cultivation (Ha) Yield (ton/ha) Estimated Production (Mt) No. of Farmers Area Under Cultivation (Ha) Yield (ton/ha) Estimated Production (Mt)
Maize 34038 13616 1.3 17700 43976 11405 1.6 18248 42693 9002 1.86 16744 43119 17952 1.0 17952 37292 18646 1.6 29833
Cassava 31895 12758 9.4 119925 47124 13854 12.6 174565 44946 8989 11.4 102657 44616 17846 10.9 194521 36845 12896 14.17 182722
Rice 1024 880 4.5 3960 1024 880 4.5 3960 1024 880 5.4 4752 1104 950 5.0 4750 1200 1440 5.5 7920
Onion                 300 160 11.3 1800 400 160 26.7 4272 400 160 30.0 4800

Source:DADU-Ketu-South

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