The North Tongu District Assembly in the Volta Region has the potential of becoming one of the productive and vibrant Districts in Ghana if the necessary measures are put in place to harness its full potential.
Mr Divine Osborn Kwadzo Fenu, the District Chief Executive (DCE) gave these indications during the “District Assembly Session” of the ongoing Volta Trade and Investment Fair at the Ho Sports Stadium in the Volta region said the district had vast arable land for rice production and more.
On major investment areas in the District, Mr Fenu said the resource base and potentials in the District provide a variety of production systems and economic activities which have been identified and categorised into areas such as, agriculture, services, commerce, tourism, and industry.
On agriculture, he said the District was mainly an agrarian economy, with the majority of the population engaged in crop farming, livestock keeping, fishing, and other related trading activities.
“The practice of agriculture in the District is predominantly done at subsistence level which employs about 65 per cent of the entire labour force. The District is well known in the Region for the production of rice, cassava, and maize. Other major trees and food crops produced in the District are mangoes, cashew, rice, sweet potatoes, yam, cassava, cowpea, groundnut, and vegetables including garden eggs, pepper, okra, and watermelon.”
On livestock farming, he said the sector plays an important role in the lives of the people since the District was endowed with a large livestock population of cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, and others. “About 30 percent of agricultural land available in the District is used by livestock farmers as pasture for animals.”
On Industrialisation and Investment Potentials, Mr Fenu said the District boasts of two main industries in the country and has the potential of becoming the industrial hub of the country if managed properly.
These include the Volta Star Textile factory in Juapong which into the production of textiles.
“The refurbished factory is being operated as a joint partnership between the Government and U-Rich Limited, Chinese textiles and garments giant. The factory is intended to serve as a market for locally grown cotton and accelerate the economic development of the district and the adjoining ones and help to resuscitate the nation’s textile industry.”
In the District also is the Praire Volta Ltd, an American company partnering Government to invest in rice production and processing which is located in Aveyime with her farms located in some parts of the District to offer more investment opportunities to other investors who intend to venture into rice production.
“Currently, there is ongoing granite extraction at Mafi-Luta enclave to support the protection of the shorelines of the Ada Songor Salt Project currently being undertaken by Electrochem Ghana limited
Mr Fenu further mentioned some sectors his outfit would shift attention to in the area with the needed investment potentials.
These are, the establishment of a good water transport system to support in transporting people, aquaculture project to produce tilapia to meet the ever-increasing demand in the District, and around Ghana, the establishment of agricultural mechanisation centre, the existence of arable vast land for commercial farming of rice, sugarcane, cassava and maize, agro-processing, development of beaches along the River Volta, the establishment of vocational school, construction of small-town water supply system, and the construction of bio-gas household latrines.
There were also highlights on Hospitality and Tourism, Culture activities, among others.
The District has a current projected population of 112,864 which is made up of 53,385 males and 59,479 females representing 47.3 and 52.7 per cent respectively.