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Ho West

Region: Volta Region
Member of Paliament: Bedzrah, Kwasi Emmanuel

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
Chieftaincy
There are three Traditional Councils and sixteen traditional areas in the constituency. These three councils collaborate in promoting the development of the constituency. Various communities have their Chiefs who inturn are responsible to Paramount Chiefs of their respective traditional Councils. The harmonious co-existence between the chiefs and people between the various  traditional  areas is reinforce by the similar cultural heritage their share. This  brings about unity and togetherness among them which could promote collaboration in development and business.
 
Festivals
The traditional areas are endowed with some cultural practices and festival. The Yam Festival for instance is practiced by the people of the Awudome  traditional area  the Kimini festival for the chiefs and people of Avatime. Traditional drums and dances such as Adabatram, Zigi, Borborbor and Zagada are also enjoyed by the people in the constituency. This is a rich cultural heritage which could be given needed impetus for tourism development.
 
Ethnicity 
The people in the constituency are predominantly Ewe with the rest of the ethnic group in the minority.  In terms of Nationality, those who are Ghanaian by birth constitute 92.1 percent of the total population in the constituency, followed by about five percent with dual nationality and about two percent of the residents are Ghanaian by naturalization whiles less than one percent constitute ECOWAS citizens (non- Ghanaians). This shows that there are other Nationalities residing and doing business in the constituency. 
 
Religion
The people in the constituency are predominantly Christians( 90.7%) , with other religions such as Muslim, traditionalist and others in the minority. Christianity is the dominant religion in the constituency followed by Traditionalist(3.8%)  Islam (2%) and others ( 3.5%).
 
This revealed that though Christians are in the majority other religious bodies are welcome to participate in the socio-cultural development of the constituency.
 
INVESTMENT BUSINESS POTENTIALS
 
Industrial Opportunities
There exist potential for the development of light industries. Such as, Cassava Processing, Garment and textile manufacturing, Vegetable Oil Extraction and Saw Mill.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
This constituency has a lot of untapped tourist potential which need to be harnessed. The tourist attractions are numerous namely: Aya-fie Waterfall, Amedzofe Waterfalls, Mount Gemi, Handicrafts, Ancient Colonial Buildings andAncestral Caves at Amedzofe, kalakpa game reserves at Abutia. 
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
Ho West constituency is located between latitudes 6.33o 32” N and 6.93o 63” N and longitudes 0.17o 45” E and 0.53o 39” E. It shares boundaries with Adaklu District to the South, AfadjatoSouth to the North, Ho Municipal and the Republic of Togo to the East and South Dayi District to the West. 
 
It has a total land area of 1,002.79 square kilometres and a population density of 94.3, which means on the verage there are about 94 persons per square kilometer in Ho West constituency. 
 
This implies that there are fewer people living in a square kilometer of land. Land therefore is in abundance for other land uses, in terms of agriculture investment, estate development, commercial and industrial activities among others.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
The general relief of the constituency falls into two main parts:  mountainous and lowland areas. The mountainous areas are mostly to the North and North-east which are part of Togo Ranges and have heights between 183metres – 853 metres. The notable areas are Awudome Stretch in the South-West to Avatime and Ashanti Kpoeta in the North-East.
 
The lowland areas are to the South of the constituency and have heights between 60metres - 152 metres. The topography is relatively   steep and imposes rapid run-offs during the rainy seasons and call for bitumen surface roads in those areas as permanent solution.  
 
The general drainage pattern is southwards and dominated by rivers like Tsawe (Alabo) and Kalakpa, which eventually flow into the lower Volta or Avu Lagoon.  Despite the numerous tributaries which serve the constituency, their flow during the dry seasons is much reduced and practically cease in some of their courses.  The rivers therefore do not provide all year round dependable source of water supply to the communities they serve. 
 
The climate and vegetation of the constituency gives clear indication to the type of produce that could be grown. With abundance of arable land this should be considered as an investment destination for commercial farming and animal rearing. The rivers could also be tapped for irrigation purposes to support all year round farming.
 
 CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
Mean temperature in the constituency ranges between 220 C and 320 C while annual mean temperature range from 16.50 C to 37.8 C.  In effect, temperatures are generally high throughout the year which is good for plants and food crop farming.  
 
It is however, very low (16.60c ) around Amedzofe and its peripheral communities and this  make it a preferred destination for most tourist who visit the  region.Tourism could therefore be given an investment priority as there exist a lot of untappedpotential in tourism.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
There are several soil types in the constituency. These are; Forest Soil which includes forest ochrosols, lethosols and intergrades soil found in the mountainous and wetter areas in the constituency.
 
The forest soil supports perennial crops such as Cocoa, Oil Palm, Coffee, Avocado, Plantain and Banana while the Savanna Soil supports produce like; maize, cassava, yams, groundnuts, legumes and variety of vegetables. 

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