CENTRAL GONJA ACTIVITIES

CENTRAL GONJA

  • Technology transfer to farmers
  • Farm and home visits
  • Postharvest losses management
  • Livestock and poultry production technique
  • Fisheries management
  • Establishment of plantation
  • Provision of market information
  • Collaborate with NGOs in agriculture
  • Agro-processing
  • Crop production
  • Group formation
  • (WIAD)  Women in Agricultural Development activities
  • Agro-forestry activities

DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

WEATHER

The Central Gonja District lies within the tropical continental zone.  Annual rainfall is unevenly distributed and limited in six months, thus May to Octobers.  The mean annual rainfall ranges from 1000mm to 1500 mm with its peak in September.  Relative humidity is between 70% to 90% during the rainy season but it is as low as 20% during the long dry season.   Temperatures are generally high and exhibits seasonal variations.  The district has annual mean temperature of 35oc with the maximum temperature of 40oc usually recorded around March – April.  Temperatures are lowest, on average 22oc, between November and January due to the influence of the north – easterly winds otherwise known as harmatan.

LAND USE

The people are predominantly farmers using the abundant fertile lands to cultivate food and tree crops such as maize, rice, groundnuts, sorghum, millet, yam, cassava, cowpea soya bean cashew and mango. Livestock reared include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, whilst poultry production also includes local poultry, ducks, guinea fowls and turkeys.  Fishing is also an economic activity which is carried out primarily by Gonjas and Battoirs on the white and Black Volta Rivers and its tributaries across the district.

 

INVESTMENT

The Central Gonja District is linked to the adjoining districts and regions by a number of major secondary roads.  The major one being the Tamale – Kintampo highway.  The district has a total of 310km motorable roads.  Secondary roads include the Fufulso – Damongo, Buipe – Damongo, Domeabra – Mpaha, Kusawgu -Tuluwe roads.  Most parts of district particularly the ‘Overseas’ areas of Tuluwe and Sheri are inaccessible during the peak of the rainy season – September – October and this limits the maximization of Agricultural and other potentials of the area.  Passenger transport services are reliable for settlements along the Tamale – Kintampo highway, but not the rural hinterlands.  Water transport is also in the district.  The district Capital Buipe is an inland port and serve as the final destination for Volta Queen which hauls goods from Akosombo in the eastern region.

Large scale extractive industry include the Buipe lime company, SAVACEM(a cement manufacturing company) and Buipe Shea butter processing factory all located in the district capital Buipe.  There are prospects for gold and diamond in Finbu and Digma respectively.  Small scale agro – processing activities include shea butter processing, rice milling, and gari processing and groundnut oil extraction.  These are mostly undertaken by women and sold at the local markets and other regional markets in Ghana.  Sand wining activities also occur along the banks of the white and Black Voltas but this tend to degrade the environment which the district is making plans to regularize the activity.

 

INFORMATION ON MAJOR CROPS PRODUCED ON DISTRICT BASIS

 

CROP PRODUCTION FOR MAJOR CROPS

No.

 

COMMODITY HECTARES(Ha) YIELD(MT/Ha) PRODUCTION(MT)
1

 

Maize 6,000 3.0 18,000
2

 

Rice 1,000 3.5 3,500
3

 

Groundnuts 5,000 0.8 4,000
4

 

Cassava 2,500 12.9 32,500
5

 

Yam 6,000 7.5 45,000
6

 

Sorghum 300 0.8 250
7

 

Cowpea 350 0.9 315
8

 

Soybean 150 0.9 135

 

Millet is one of the major crops in the district but unfortunately the areas where the crop is being cultivated has no extension coverage due to the shortage of staff in the district as such no production records.

 

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION IN THE DISTRICT

The district has a very great potential in livestock production in view of the vast expanse of land and all year round water in the white and black Volta rivers that runs across the district. This potential has led to the influx of alian Fulani men in to the district to harness this potential to grow their cattle.

 LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION FIGURES 2005—2010

YEAR

CATTLE

SHEEP

GOATS

PIGS

 

POULTRY

REMARKS

2005

 

38678

60895

60550

1198

85860

 

2006

 

39102

68750

60895

1089

88920

 

2007

 

40010

78950

69610

1280

90500

 

2008

 

43200

79875

62900

1870

89750

 

2009

 

42150

83010

76885

1050

90450

 

2010

 

49850

104345

103060

1248

91450

 

 

The Central Gonja District is a beneficiary of the Livestock Development Project (LDP) having curved out of the mother District West Gonja.  Farmers in the district has benefited from the credit in-kind loan package of the project as well as cash credit to some groups and also knowledge enhancement through trainings.

 

No.

ACTIVITY

BENEFICIARIES

TOTAL

REMARKS

MALE

FEMALE

1 Cash credit loan to groups 90 90  
2 Credit in-kind sheep 72 08 80  
3 Capacity building training – staff and farmers 185 68 253  
4 Animals health training 859 380 1,239  
5 Vaccinations     83,744 animals  
6 Disease surveillance     265 communities  
7 Revenue generation     GH¢15,808.29  

 

INFORMATION ON FISH PRODUCTION

Fish production is a major activity in the district engaging about 30% of the people living along the Black and White Voltas.  The fish is captured from the wild, smoked using local chorkor smokers built with mud.  These production areas are Yapei, Buipe, Tuluwe, Chama, Mpaha and Sheri areas which happens to be the major towns in the district.

 

ANNUAL PRODUCTION FIGURES FROM 2007-2010

 

No.

YEAR

 

ANNUAL PRODUCTION (MT)

1

2007

2,500

2

2008

2,804

3

2009

2,450

4

2010

3,105

 

 

SUMMARY OF FIELD DEMONSTRATIONS

SUMMARY OF FIELD DEMONSTRATIONS

No.

Type of Demonstration

Location

Membership

Remarks

Male Female Total
1 Maize varietal demonstration (Obaatampa 2 acres) Ntereso 45 20 65 Yield of obaatampa at harvest was 2½  times to farmers.
2 Nerica 2 varietal demonstrations (10 acres) Wambong

Sankpala

Yapei,

Buipe

Lito

80

75

18

88

25

42

30

10

47

5

122

105

28

138

30

Germination was poor due low seed viability
3 Pigeon pea demonstration  (fodder banks, 5acres) 0.5 acre/site Alipe,

Ntereso

Sankpala,

Wambong,

Mankpan

Mpaha,

Buipe

Kabilpe

Lito,

Janikura

15

8

14

12

10

22

25

05

11

13

05

04

12

05

18

10

05

08

07

20

12

26

17

10

40

35

10

19

20

Pigeon pea harvested fresh dried and feed to livestock, sheep and goats.
4 Demonstration on supplementary feeding using crop residues Buipe

Domeabra

Sankpala

Yapei

25

20

23

21

05

10

07

09

30

30

30

30

Farmers promised to adopt the demo.
5 Cashew top working demo (175 trees stump for the demo) Old Buipe

Lito

Sheri

Sankpala.

10

15

18

05

05

02

05

10

20

20

10

Sprouting was low due to high humidity

 

 

NERICA DEMONSTRATION FIELD AT SANKPALA

 

MAIZE DEMONSTRATION FIELD (OBATANPA MAIZE)

2 Responses to CENTRAL GONJA ACTIVITIES

  1. I HOPE 2011 UPDATES WILL BE POSTED FOR READING.

  2. Mustapha says:

    Good work done but you didnot put the population of the district i think the overall workdone is ok

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