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GOMOA WEST

DISTRICT PROFILE
The Gomoa West District Assembly is one of the twenty (20) Metropolitan /Municipa/ District Assemblies in the Central Region of Ghana. It was carved out of the then Gomoa District by (LI) 1896 in July, 2008 with Apam as its capital.The district is bounded on the North East and East by Awutu District and Efutu Municipal Assembly respectively, on the west and north-west by Ekumfi and Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Districts respectively and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and larger part of the dissected Awutu District and Efutu-Municipal.

Assembly Members (53)
  • Males (46)
  • Females (7)

POPULATION AND SIZE
Gomoa West covers an area of 514.2 square Kilometers with a population of 135,189 according to 2010 population and housing census. A significant characteristic of the district’s population is high rate of emigration. It is observed that migration is heaviest towards the cocoa growing areas of other districts and regions. One main concern is to attract the able bodied migrants back through employment and investment avenues.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
It is the backbone of the district’s economy engaging about 65% of the total population. It constitutes the crop, animal and fishing sectors. Crop and livestock production is mainly on subsistence level with an average farm size of 2 hectares. Farming employs about 35,000 people with 20,000 being males and 15,000 females. The ecology of the district encourages the cultivation of crops such as maize, cassava, coconut, pineapple, citrus and vegetables. Livestock farming involving rearing of cattle, sheep,goats, pigs, poultry and of late grasscutter, snail and bee keeping are also prevalent in the district. Fishing has been the main occupation for residents at the coastal belt of the district and it employs about 7,500 people(5,000 fishermen and 2,500 fishmongers) in the district. Marine fishing is predominantly practiced by the people. However, only a few are into inland fishing in the district.

D.C.E - Hon. Bismark Nkum

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