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Full Constituency Details


Region: Northern Region
Member of Paliament: Dandaawa, Sualihu Alhassan

 Location & Size:

The constituency is located in the North-Eastern Northern Region, roughly between latitudes 9°30° and 10°30
Climate & Vegetation
The climate reflects a typical tropical continental climate experienced in northern Ghana. There is a rainy season that lasts from May - October, peaking in August and September. The rest of the year is virtually dry. Rainfall amount is between 900 and 1000mm per annum.
Temperatures are high throughout the year with the highest of 36°C or above in March and April. Low temperatures are experienced between November and February (the harmattan period).
The vegetation is a typical guinea savannah type, characterized by tall grasses interspersed with drought resistant trees such as the shea and dawadawa.
Geology & Soil
The constituency lies entirely within the voltaian sand stone basin dominated by sandstones, shales, siltstones and minor lime stones. The northern tip of the constituency is underlain by lower voltain, which consist of rocks, dominated by shales and sandstones.
The soil are mainly savannah ochrosols, ground water laterites formed over granite and voltain shales. Small areas of savannah ochrosols with some lithosoles and brunosols are very low. The laterites are similar in acidity and nutrient level to the ochrosols, but are poorer in physicals properties, with substantial amounts of concretionary gravel layers near the top horizons and more suited for road and other constructional works than supporting plant roots systems.
Despite gentle slopes, the soils are highly vulnerable to sheet erosion and in some areas, gully erosion also occurs. This condition occurs primarily because of the annual burning of the natural vegetation, leaving the soils exposed to the normally high intensity rams (up to 200mm per hour) at the beginning of the rainy season.
The continuous erosion over many years has removed most of the top soils and depleted or destroyed its organic matter content. Such a situation does not allow the soil fauna to thrive and keep the top soil layers open and created for healthy plant roots to develop. It results in serious compaction, with considerable reduction in rainfall infiltration rate.
These soils even when affected by erosion and reduced fertility, have some potential for agriculture if their available nutrients and water are managed sensibly, including appropriate organise matter supplementation measures to restore a better soil water infiltration rate, will depend on the extend to which is possible to manage the recurring annual bush fires and extend the rainfall surface retention time to facilitate increase in the amount that gets to the plant rooting zones, to the level of the soil water holding capacity.

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