Profile of Asante Akim North Municipality
The Asante Akim North Municipal Assembly (formerly Asante Akim North District Assembly – AANDA) is one of the newly created districts in Ghana with Agogo as the administrative capital of the District .
It was carved out of the then Asante Akim North Municipal Assembly in 2012, when the former Municipal District was split into Asante Akim North District and Asante Akim Central Municipal, to form part of the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana. AANDA has since been elevated to a Municipal Assembly in 2020.
The District is situated at the Eastern part of the Ashanti Region and its’ eastern borders form part of the boundary between the Ashanti Region and the Eastern Region of Ghana.
It shares boundaries to the:
- North – Sekyere Kumawu and Sekyere Afram Plains Districts
- East – Kwahu East District
- South – Asante-Akim South & Asante-Akim Central
- West – Sekyere East District
The district is located in the Eastern part of Ashanti Region and lies between latitude [6°60’N and 7°30’N] and longitude [0°15’W and 01°20’W]. It covers a land area of 1,125 square km.
“is to achieve sustainable growth through wealth creation“
“The Asante Akim North Municipal Assembly exist to ensure a better living standards for the people; by formulating and implementing sound policies to support economic activities, human capacity development and enhanced access to basic infrastructure and providing investor-friendly environment for sustainable growth”
Population of Asante Akim North as at 2022
According to the 2021 population and housing census, the total population of Asante Akim North Municipal Area is 85,788. This represents 1.4 percent of the Ashanti Regional population.
Out the projected population, 43,788 (51.04%) are females with 42,000 (48.96%) being males. The age groups of 0-4 years and 15-19 years have the highest population of 13.9 percent and14.0 percent respectively.
The District has five communities assuming urban status using a population of 5000 as a basis. They are Agogo, Domeabra, Juansa, Hwidiem and Wioso
Asante Akim North is basically an agrarian economy. Agriculture employs about 72.7 percent of the total labour force; after which comes the Service sector employing roughly 20 percent of the population, this leaves about 7.3 percent of the working population in the industrial sector.
Majority (79.7%) of the rural households within the total rural population are engaged in agriculture. Notwithstanding this fact, a sizeable proportion (64.4%) of the urban households is also engaged in agriculture.
Physical and Natural Environment
Physical and Natural Environment
The monthly average rainfall is between 120 mm and 150 mm. Combining temperature and rainfall regimes, four seasons are distinguishable within the district micro climate.
- Harmattan season (Dec- April),
- 1st rainy season (May- July with the peak in June),
- Monsoon drought (July – August)
- 2nd rainy season (Sept. – Nov).
The soils which support vegetation cover and crops, are the product of parent rocks and climate conditions. The rich soils and the favourable climatic condition have combined to make possible the cultivation of all kinds of crops.
Apart from Bediesi Sutana Association and Yaya Pimpimse Association which best support cereals and legumes, the rest of the soils can support oil palm, cassava, plantain, vegetables, citrus and maize.
Beyond Agogo and indeed some parts of the Afram Plains, the most prevalent type of soil is the savannah ochrosol. This soil is well leeched and richly supplied with organic matter nutrients.
It supports yam, maize cassava, plantain, vegetables and groundnuts very well.
Cashew as a nontraditional export crop can also grow well in this portion of the District.
Relief and Drainage
Topographically, the district is undulating, ranging between 305 and 610 metres and it is interrupted by a stretch of the Akwepim-Mampong Ridge.
The Akwapim- Mampong Range serves as a watershed for the numerous rivers and streams in the district. The District is drained by such rivers as Oweri and Afram.
The existence of rivers in the district is a potential for the construction of dams for irrigational purposes. The steep slopes at Kyiriyawa near Hwidiem and Onyem have created waterfalls which are yet to be developed as tourist sites
The District lies within the moist semi-deciduous forest belt. The major vegetation types are:
A. Open Forest over the highland areas,
B. Closed Forest on the range
C. Wooded Savannah.
Tree species found in the forest are Wawa, Ofram, Otie, Sapele, Sanfina, and Onyina among others.
The original forest of the district has degenerated into secondary forest due to indiscriminate logging of trees, inappropriate farming methods and bush burning. In order to maintain the microclimate, parts of the forests in the district have been reserved namely;
- The Bandai Hill in the north which covers an area of 160.8 sq. km
- The Bandai Hill in the west which stretches for 72.8 sq. km and Onyemso and Dome
- River Reserves which covers an area of 15.5 sq. km