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Economic Activities


Agriculture

The nation’s agriculture is predominantly of subsistence small holding production units, with weak linkages to industrial and service sectors but has an enormous potential to ensure food security, generate income and provide livelihood for majority of the people.

The region is popularly referred to as the food basket of the Country. The mainstay of regional economy is agriculture.  Currently, it employs about 60.0% of the economically active labour force.  Most of the households are engaged in farming or agricultural related activity.  Farming is largely carried out on small-scale basis

Crop Production Sub-Sector

Crop production contributes much to the region’s economy. Among the food crops grown in the district are plantain, cassava, maize, cocoyam, tomatoes, pepper, oil palm, cashew, cocoa and coffee which are grown in larger quantities for local consumption. For instance, about 80% of maize produced in the district is used to feed the birds in the region or transported to other regions for sales. Apart from these majors’ crops, there are minor crops like banana, yam and rice production being produced in the region.

Poultry and Life Bird Production

The poultry industry is a major investment opportunity in the Region. Poultry are kept largely for table egg production. Large scale poultry production is found in Dormaa Municipal, Dormaa East District, Dormaa West District and Sunyani West Municipal.  Livestock rearing are also common in the region with the keeping of mainly cattle, sheep and goats.

Agro Processing Industry

The region is currently not into major agro-processing with the exception of the Tomatoes processing factory established under the one-district-one factory initiative at Berekum West district. There is however a looming potential for large scale agro-processing industries considering the quantum of variety of raw materials available in the region. Values can also be added for export under the planting for export initiative by the government of Ghana Initiative. Small scale agro-processing of food and cash crops palm nut, pepper and cashew are being undertaken in various districts in the region.

Key Agricultural Development Potentials

Agriculture has almost unlimited potential for job creation, especially for the youth in the region because of the following reasons.

  • Favorable rainfall Pattern
  • Virgin forest and land availability
  • Favorable soil types, which support both plantations and food crops.
  • Rich ground water resources, rivers and streams for small-scale irrigation schemes.
  • Capacity to produce fresh tomatoes to serve tomato processing/canning factory and other parts of the country.
  • Inland rice production potentials
  • Ready market for agriculture production
  • Road network is fairly good for transportation of agricultural produce
Hospitality Services

The Bono Region can also boast of some appreciable hotels and guest houses.  These hospitality services are mostly found in Sunyani Municipal, Berekum Municipal, and Sunyani West which have relatively high proportions of their workforce in the accommodation and catering services (GSS, 2013). The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has registered over 100 hotels and guest houses across the Region. These prominent ones are Eusbett, Chesville, Regent Resorts, South Ridge, Tony’s Lodge, Tyco, and Glamossay (Sunyani); Sheila Executive (Fiapre), Ginaat, Partners and Continental (Berekum); Viglosam and Pony Guest House (Wenchi); and Savanna (Sampa).

The major challenges affecting tourism development in the Region are low awareness, poor marketing, inaccessible and undeveloped tourist sites and poor accommodation services (GTA, 2014). The sector therefore requires a great deal of development, marketing and promotion with effective private sector participation.

Education and Religion
  • The region prides itself on having public institutions such as University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani Technical University, Dormaa Senior High School, Sunyani Senior High school, St. Vitus, Notre Dame Girls Senior High School, Sacred Heart Senior High School, Twene Amanfo Senior High Technical School, Odumanseman Senior High School, Bonoman Senior High School, Abesim Senior High School plus many other private educational institutions such as the Catholic University in Fiapre, Ideal College, Saint James Senior High Seminary in Abesim, Miracle Preparatory Junior & High School, Sunyani Business High School etc.
  • Christianity, Islam and Bono Ancestral Worship and spirituality is the dominant religion within this domain.
POPULATION 15 YEARS AND OLDER BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY STATUS, SEX AND TYPE OF LOCALITY IN BONO REGION
Type of LocalityActivity StatusNumber
All locality typesBoth Sexes
Total792,263
Labour force457,073
Employed394,082
Unemployed62,991
Outside labour force335,190
Male
Total384,341
Labour force240,234
Employed212,128
Unemployed28,106
Outside labour force144,107
Female
Total407,922
Labour force216,839
Employed181,954
Unemployed34,885
Outside labour force191,083
UrbanBoth Sexes
Total477,223
Labour force267,525
Employed225,564
Unemployed41,961
Outside labour force209,698
RuralBoth Sexes
Total315,040
Labour force189,548
Employed168,518
Unemployed21,030
Outside labour force125,492

Source: Ghana Statistical Service, 2021

EMPLOYED POPULATION 15 YEARS AND OLDER BY INDUSTRY, SEX, TYPE OF LOCALITY IN BONO REGION
IndustryNumber
Both Sexes
Total394,082
Agriculture, forestry and fishing186,930
Mining and quarrying969
Manufacturing16,968
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply1,477
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and
remediation activities
386
Construction16,832
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and
motorcycles
53,839
Transportation and storage14,549
Accommodation and food service activities12,259
Information and communication973
Financial and insurance activities4,949
Real estate activities256
Professional, scientific and technical activities3,789
Administrative and support service activities2,754
Public administration and defence; compulsory social
security
6,413
Education28,719
Human health and social work activities11,521
Arts, entertainment and recreation1,982
Other service activities27,442
Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated
goods- and services-producing activities of households
for own use
961
Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies114
Male
Total212,128
Agriculture, forestry and fishing106,746
Mining and quarrying872
Manufacturing7,498
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply1,431
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and
remediation activities
272
Construction16,028
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and
motorcycles
14,363
Transportation and storage14,396
Accommodation and food service activities1,841
Information and communication767
Financial and insurance activities2,887
Real estate activities224
Professional, scientific and technical activities2,402
Administrative and support service activities1,594
Public administration and defence; compulsory social
security
4,672
Education16,884
Human health and social work activities4,624
Arts, entertainment and recreation1,133
Other service activities13,098
Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated
goods- and services-producing activities of households
for own use
316
Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies80
Female
Total181,954
Agriculture, forestry and fishing80,184
Mining and quarrying97
Manufacturing9,470
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply46
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and
remediation activities
114
Construction804
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and
motorcycles
39,476
Transportation and storage153
Accommodation and food service activities10,418
Information and communication206
Financial and insurance activities2,062
Real estate activities32
Professional, scientific and technical activities1,387
Administrative and support service activities1,160
Public administration and defence; compulsory social
security
1,741
Education11,835
Human health and social work activities6,897
Arts, entertainment and recreation849
Other service activities14,344
Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated
goods- and services-producing activities of households
for own use
645
Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies34

Source: Ghana Statistical Service, 2021

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