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Eastern

BIRIM CENTRAL

DISTRICT PROFILE

Birim Central Municipal Assembly was one of the districts elevated to a Municipal status under Legislative Instrument (LI ) 1863,  in  the  year  2007  as  part  of  the  government’s  decentralization  programme.

Assembly Members (53)
  • Male (53)
  • Female (5)

LOCATION AND SIZE

The  municipality  shares  boundaries  with  Akyemansa  and  Kwaebibirem  Districts  to  the  North, West Akim to the East, Birim South to the West, and Asikuma/Odoben-Brakwa and Agona East Districts  to  the  South.  The  total  land  surface  area  is  estimated  to  be  790.496  km²  constituting about 3% of the total area of Eastern Region. The capital of the municipality is Akyem Oda.

POPULATION

The total population of the municipality according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census is 144,869 with a  consistent  growth  rate  of  2.4%  annually.  Males  Population  was  69,304, representing 47.84% of the total population whereas females population was 75,565 representing 51.16%  of  the  total  population  of  the  Municipality.  The  population  is  heterogeneous  with  the Akan group dominating, accounting for over 70% of the entire population. The remaining ethnic groups  are  Krobo,  Ewe  and  Northern  tribes  in  the  Zongo  communities.  The  seat  of Traditional Authority is Akyem Kotoku traditional council.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

About 50.9 percent of the total population is engaged in agriculture. Major activities are crop farming and livestock production. Factors that could enhance agricultural production include abundant fertile land, the presence of agricultural extension services and proximity to river Birim, which is a potential for irrigation farming.
The presence of veterinary services and markets is a potential source of encouragement for livestock production. The municipality is covered by large forest reserves managed by the Forestry Commission.


D.C.E - HON. KWABENA A. BEMPONG

source:  www.mofep.gov.gh/publications/composite-budget-2016 and other sources

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