Department Of Agriculture
Structure of MOFA
The ministry is headed by the Minister for Agriculture and his three deputies. The deputies are in charge of the following:
- Deputy Minister in charge of Fisheries
- Deputy Minister in charge of Crops
- Deputy Minister in charge of Livestock
Agriculture in Ghana is recognised as the mainstay of the economy with a greater impact on poverty reduction than other sectors. It is also critical for rural development and associated cultural values, social stabilisation, environmental sustainability and buffer during economic shocks. Based on the role of agriculture in the national development framework, Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy (FASDEP II) has the following as its objectives:
Food security and emergency preparedness
- Improved growth in incomes
- Increased competitiveness and enhanced integration into domestic and international markets
- Sustainable management of land and environment
- Science and Technology Applied in food and agriculture development
- Improved institutional Coordination
Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly can be located at Kokomlemle off the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue Street and shares boundaries with Ayawaso West, Ayawaso north, Ayawaso East and Korle Klottey to the West, South, East and North respectively.
There are five(5) operational areas in the Municipality namely Alajo, Kotobabi, Kokomlemle, Pig farm and Newtown. The Ecological zone could be described as Coastal Savannah and the primary occupation of the inhabitants is livestock rearing.
Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Rabbit, Poultry, Pigs are the main animals that are reared in the municipality, 95% of the inhabitants are livestock farmers and 5% are into vegetables such as Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cucumber, Spring onion, Green Pepper, Carrot, Radish, Parsley, Mint leaves and Coriander.
Climate and Vegetation
The Municipality falls in the Coastal savannah agro-ecological zone. Rainfall pattern is bi-modal with the average annual temperature ranging between 25.1oc in August and 28.4oc in February and March. February and March are normally the hottest months.
Vegetable farmers located in Ebony and Plant Pool uses irrigation as their source of water for their farming activities and so they plant all year round. There are challenges with land earmarked for vegetable cultivation since all the lands are being sold for residential purposes. To ensure livelihoods of farmers are secured, the Assembly in collaboration with the Municipal Agricultural Directorate will have to zone the area as land for agricultural purposes and facilitate the acquisition of these lands.
Unique agro-chemicals is the main supplier of agricultural inputs in the municipality. The inputs supplied include seeds, chemicals (N.P.K 15: 15: 15, Ammonia, Roundup, Ceresate).