Mr Jeffery Hevi, Human Resource Manager, Akatsi North District Assembly, has appealed to private investors to assist the district in the development of the Ave Dakpa Crocodile Resort to be a tourist attraction.
He said the district was a destination for tourists, holiday makers, and sightseers adding that, it could boast of the Ave Crocodile Resort, the “Bliza” (Maize Festival), and the Palm tree with multiple branches as tourism features.
Mr Hevi presenting the district profile in Ho during the Assembly Day as part of activities of the 5th Volta Trade and Investment Fair, said the people in communities with the attractions, were more than willing to express their hospitality to all visitors with guests houses and bars that could make them feel at home.
He said the Resort was the first commercialised in the region providing a home to about 40 crocodiles as the district committed to partner development partners to develop the potential.
Mr Hevi said there was equally the need to strengthen management systems of all sites and vigorously market them to attract more private capital to develop appropriate infrastructure to harness the full potentials that could be derived from tourism,
He said the district had untapped tourism potentials capable of transforming its economy as well as its overall contribution to the national income when fully developed.
“The beautiful landscapes, clean environment, and numerous eco-tourism sites make it one of the most important tourism areas in the country.”
Mr Hevi said the district’s land supported crop production and its location in the coastal/savannah transition permitted the cultivation of both forest and savannah crops including cassava, maize, pepper, groundnuts, plantain, pineapples, and beans.
He said the district was one of the few that had a comparative advantage in pineapple cultivation with a total of 2,250.5 hectares of area under cultivation adding that the, “vision is to become the leading producer of pineapple in the Volta Region and in the country at large.”
Mr Hevi said the district had a number of commercial pineapple farmers and several small-scale farmers with a total production of 6,076.35 metric tons in 2020.
“The climatic conditions, soil texture, structure and chemical composition, and readily available resources are all factors favourable for the production of pineapple on a commercial basis in the district.”
Mr Hevi said there were lands for both short- and long-term leases, most of the areas were easily accessible, thus, facilitating easy transport of fresh and perishable goods, and noted that any investor willing to go into pineapple, tomatoes, and maize cultivation was welcomed.
He said the district had clay, sand, gravels, and stones aggregates found in several areas which were useful in the construction industry adding that, feasibility studies on clay deposit at Dzalele; one of the areas, estimated that about 7 million tons of clay were available for exploitation for 130 years.