Assin South

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The Assin South District is one of the twenty (20) districts in Central Region. The district was carved out of the former Assin District by the legislative instrument LI 1761 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462) on 18th February, 2004. Nsuaem- Kyekyewere is the district’s capital. The District is predominantly rural and deprived

LOCATION AND SIZE

Assin South District is located on latitude 50 30” N and on longitude 10 2” W. The district shares boundaries with Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira on the West, Abura Asebu Kwamankese District on the South, Asikuma Odoben- Brakwa and Ajumako Enyan Essiam on the East and Assin North Municipal on the Northern border. The district covers a total land area of 1100, 89650km2 (square kilometers) which is about 11.4 percent of the region’s total land area, and the largest, in the Central Region.

POPULATION                      

Assin South District has a population of 104,244 made up of slightly high proportion of 53,308 female (51.1%) compared to 50,936 males (48.9%). More than one third (42.9%) of the population are children less than 15 years compared to 5.3 percent of the aged. The district has a high sex ratio of 95.6 compared. This means that for every 100 females there are 96 males.

CLIMATE

The district falls within the evergreen and semi- deciduous forest zones. The annual average temperatures are high between 300C from March-April and about 200C in August. The annual average rainfall is between 1250mm to 2000mm whilst average relative humidity ranges between 60 percent and 70 percent. However, the district experiences a bi-modal rainfall pattern giving rise to major raining season which starts from April to July and minor season that starts from September to November.

VEGETATION

The vegetation cover is generally evergreen made up of thick forest virgin in the forest reserves predominated raffia palm and bamboo. It has Wawa, Mahogany and Odum as some of the tree species. The area is swampy and dominated by raffia and bamboo. There are five (5) forest reserves in the district namely Ayensua, Krotoa, Apeminim, Atandansu and Kakum.

RELIEF AND DRAINAGE

The district is characterized by an undulating topography with an average height of 200m above sea level. The district is drained by numerous rivers and streams which include Kakum, Wanko, Ochi and Kyina. Swamps also abound in the district which serves as a potential for fish farming and dry season vegetable farming.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Some of the investment opportunities include the establishment of hotels and restaurants development of handicraft and tourists sites.

The tourist sites include Obodan Stone Cave at Ongwa, Slave River and Cemetry at Assin Manso, Bamboo Orchestra (Kukyekukyeku) at Mesomago and Tree Platform (Kakum National Park) at Mesomago.

The soil also supports the cultivation of non-traditional crops such as Black Pepper, Pineapple and Citrus. There is opportunity for investors who wish to invest in Agro processing of Fruit juices and industrial starch.

Prospective investors can venture into partnering the local authorities, rebranding and advertising the tourist centers in the District to increase the patronage and boost the revenue generation.

Some of the incentives to prospective investors are ready access to land, provision of business support services by the Business Advisory Center at the District Assembly and facilitation of investors with respect to provision of utility services on time.