The Bono East Area is likely one of the hubs of business agriculture and agribusiness within the transitional zone of the nation.
The area, which has a complete land mass of 23,654 sq. kilometres, with 11 municipal and district administration areas, is likely one of the largest food-producing areas of the nation.
The newly created area is claimed to be the fourth largest area within the nation, enjoying a central position within the socio-economic panorama.
Statistics out there from the regional division of the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture (MoFA) point out that in 2020, the area produced 248,375 metric tonnes (MT) of maize, 2,471,206 MT of types of yam, 1,956,766 MT of cassava, 14,580 MT of cocoyam and 29,733 MT of plantain.
Others are 18,301 MT of rice, 23,234 MT of groundnut, 3,825 MT of sorghum, 9,899 MT of cowpea, 45,855 MT of tomatoes and 15,135 MT of pepper, amongst others.
It has about 44,000 hectares of low valley land for paddy rice manufacturing and greater than 1,250,000 hectares of arable land for the manufacturing of grains and tubers.
Nature of soil
The soil within the space is wealthy in vitamins appropriate for the cultivation of a number of meals crops and helps the rising of money or tree crops reminiscent of cashew, mango, cocoa, coconut and oil palm.
The flat nature of the land and the truth that some district lands function basins for tributaries of rivers and groundwater within the areas give good prospects for any future building of irrigation methods to encourage all-year-round farming.
The wealthy nature of the soil and rain sample within the space additionally makes it doable for farmers to farm two instances annually with good yields.
The area has additionally been blessed with three huge forest reserves, particularly the Tiru Shelterbelt Forest Reserve within the Nkoranza South Municipality, Bosomoa Forest Reserve within the Kintampo South District and Buru Forest Reserve within the Kintampo Municipality.
The existence and huge nature of the reserves has helped to extend rainfall for the cultivation of meals crops all year-round.
Forest rangers of the Forestry Fee have had issue patrolling the huge forest reserves, because of the restricted variety of employees and insufficient logistics.
However these attributes of the area, one main downside that retains irritating farmers and the Forestry Fee within the space is bushfire.
In lower than two months inside 2023, the area has recorded about 20 bushfires.
Farm produce, forest reserves and forest merchandise, together with timber planted beneath the Inexperienced Ghana initiative over the previous two years have suffered a whole lot of degradation because of bushfires.
The scenario has additionally been attributed to the actions of farmers, palm wine tappers, hunters and cattle grazing, amongst different components.
Annually, a number of meals crops and forest investments are destroyed by way of bushfires, making the menace a frequent characteristic every dry season within the area.
In January 2020, 4 youngsters of a household had been burnt to demise at Bonche, a farming group close to Portor within the Kintampo Municipality within the area.
The deceased had been Freda Stephen, seven; Nyanne Nabada, 4; Nabada Uwumboryakii, three, and Religion Stephen, 9 months.
It occurred when the eldest of the siblings, Freda, tried to set hearth to drive away some bees that had invaded their cottage and within the course of the fireplace gutted the construction, burning the youngsters to demise.
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