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Twifo/Atti-Morkwa District is one of the twenty administrative districts in the Central Region of Ghana. It was formerly known as the Twifo-Hemang Lower Denkyira District with its capital at Twifo Praso. It was carved from then Denkyira District Council in 1988 by LI 1377.
Location and size
The district is bounded on the north by the Upper Denkyira East Municipal at the South by the Hemang Lower Denkyira District, at the West by the Mpohor Wassa East District and at the East by the Assin North Municipal and Assin South District.
The functions of the Twifo/Atti-Morkwa District Assembly like all other District Assemblies are basically derived from statute, as mandated by Local Govement Act 462 of 1993 and Legislative Instrument No. 2023.
Relief and Drainage
The District has a generally undulating landscape with a general altitude between 60-200 meters above sea level. The Pra River and its tributaries serve as the major drainage system in the area.
The district falls within the semi equatorial climatic zone marked by double maximal rainfall with a total annual mean rainfall between 1,200 mm and 2,000 mm. The first rainy season spans from March to June with the heaviest in June while the second rainy season is from September to November (Dickson and Benneh, 2001). It has fairly high uniform temperatures ranging between 26°C (in August) and 30°C (in March).
The vegetation of the district basically consists of secondary forest that has been largely disturbed by the activities of man through logging, crop/livestock farming and mining among others.
There are, however, large areas of forest reserves like, Bimpong Forest Reserve, Minta Forest Reserve and Bonsaben Forest Reserve.
Soils, Geology and Minerals
The district has four main soil types namely; the Nsaba-Swedru Compound, the Nsuta-Offin Associates, the Asuanzi-Kumasi Associates, the Bekwai-Nzema-Oda compound. The Nsaba-Swedru Compound: These are soils developed over granite that are well drained and respond well to phosphorus fertilizer application. They can be found in the northe part of the district around Mampoma, Morkwa, Agona and Nkwankyemaso. They are excellent for the cultivation of tree crops such as cocoa, oil palm, citrus, and coffee, and food crops such as plantain, cocoyam, banana, and cassava.
The population of Twifo Atti-Morkwa District, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, is 61,743, representing 2.9 percent of the population of Central Regionwith females constituting 51.0 percent while males formed 49.0. The District has a sex ratio of 96 which is higher than that of the region (91). It also has a youthful population (children under 15 years) (76.6%) depicting a broad base population pyramid with a small number of elderly persons (60+ years) constituting 6.8 percent
Twifo/Atti-Morkwa district is predominantly an agrarian economy. Some of the agricultural activities undertaken include crop farming, livestock rearing and tree growing. The district is noted for its dominance in the cultivation of oil palm. There is a local Palm Oil production company known as Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP) which is a major supplier of local palm oil to major companies like Nestle Ghana limited.
The district has a big market located at Twifo Praso, the district capital. It attracts people from neighboring towns and villages on Tuesdays and Fridays which are the markets days.
A number of economic and financial services exist in the district, albeit not highly developed. They include periodic and daily markets. Cocoa sheds at Twifo Praso, Wamaso, Agona, Nyenase, Mampong, Nuamakrom, Kyeaboso, Ayaase, Hasowodze and Kotokye. These sheds provide a purchasing and storage centers for the marketing of cocoa. A new bridge over River Pra offers dual purpose, all-weather access in respect of road and rail transport even though the rail transport is non-functional. It has the potential to generate traffic and, hence, increase the tempo of commercial activities between the district and other parts of the region and country as a whole. It is an economic potential. Guest Houses such as Adom Guest House, St George’s, Boatemaa and Amsperg at Twifo Praso offer accommodation to travelers. Fuel filling stations at Twifo Praso and other fuel dealing points in the district provide fuel to transport operators, hence facilitating the flow of goods and services.
A major economic act of significance is the sawmill at Moseaso. This offers employment opportunities to residents of the district. Also, some insurance companies like SIC, Metropolitan, Allied Insurance and Star Assurance. Other financial institutions include Central Regional Development Commission (CEDECOM), Twifo Credit union and Twifo/Atti-Morkwa District Teachers’ Credit Union.
The Twifo Atti Morkwa District Assembly is endowed with numerous investment opportunities which can be tap in by any investor, especially in the agricultural sector. The District falls within the semi-equatorial climatic zone marked by double maximal rainfall with a total rainfall of between 1200mm and 2000mm which is very conducive for large scale agricultural production. Some of the areas under agricultural sector include but not limited to the following;
- Investment in cassava for starch
- Investment in oil palm by adding value it
- Gari processing
- Cocoa plantation
Another area is investing in the Real Estate sector. The District by virtue of its location that is in terms its centrality, 70 kilometers from cape coast, 58 kilometers from Dunkwa and 39 kilometers from Assin Fosso make it an attractive location for business hence to invest infrastructure.
As a result of the brisk business activities in the Districts lots of people converge there and the population has out grown the social infrastructure in terms of housing, making Real Estate a good investment option.
There are few tourist sites that have not been developed.
Potential tourist sites
|The site of Otumfuo Osei Tutu’s Waterloo|
|Important historic site for both the Ashanti’s and Twifo. The site is a natural bridge across River Pra which is used during the dry season. An attractive site for visitors and tourists. Otumfuo Osei Tutu I was killed here when crossing the river.||Twifo Toffoe|
|Bonsaben Forest Reserve|
|Scientific natural beauty of an evergreen forest with some particularly tall trees. Great biodiversity of both plants & animals. This is also the Watershed of some rivers.||Twifo Ayaase|
|Snake-Like Oil Palm Tree|
|Snake-like oil palm tree located between Bimpong Forest reserves and a large cocoa farm. The coiled and meandering shape of the oil palm tree affords visitors the opportunity to know the extent to which nature can deviate. Potential for educational tours and general tourists.||Canaan|
Sister City / Inteational Relations
The Twifo Atti Morkwa District Assembly has three inteational relationship namely;
- GIZ AND SFDR
The relationship started way back in 2006 in the days of German Development Service (DED).So far three (3) Expatriate Technical advisor have worked in the District.
- ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE NETHERLANDS (VNG) 2013-2016
This relation is focus on building the capacities of staff of District Assembly staff on sanitation service delivery.
- TWIFO ATTI MORKWA – KOCHI (JAPAN) SISTER-CITY RELATION
The sister-City relationship focuses on education, health and agricultural development. It started in 2013.