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Afful, Yaw Maama

Constituency: Jaman South
Region: Brong Ahafo Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession:
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: June 10,1959
Hometown: Mpuasu. Brong Ahafo Region
Highest Education: BA (International Affairs And Politcal Science) Kennesaw State, Atlanta, USA, 1997
Last Employment: CEO, Kids Heaven Learning Center, Acworth, Atlanta, USA
Marital Status: Married (with three children)
Religion: Christianity (Presbyterian)
Votes Obtained: 16,878 votes out of the 30,266 valid votes cast = 55.8%
 

 Economy

 
The economy is mainly rural and agrarian with agriculture employing about 80% of the labor force. Most farmers operate near subsistence level and depend heavily on rain-fed agriculture. Production levels are relatively low, consequently making income levels very low. Modem manufacturing is almost absent from the constituency. The Drobo Market has all the potentials to become a viable market. 
 
Potential Exportable Crops
Crops like plantain, vegetables, cassava, pepper, black pepper, maize, cashew and ginger which have demand in the international market can grow well in the constituency.
 
Potential Cottage Industries
A lot of potentials exist in agro-processing. Raw materials are substantially available to be processed into semi-finished or finished products. The common ones include:                                   
• Cashew
• Cassava
• Pepper
• Plantain
Other raw materials are clay, maize and yam.
 
Investment And Business Potential
 
The constituency, through consultants, have prepared a document on the rich mineral deposit potential of the constituency. Any prospective investor can negotiate access to the document with the Assembly. In the agricultural sector, the district has rich viable land for cashew production in particular, which is indeed thriving well.
 
Also,the cultivation of crops such as plantain, yam, cassava and cowpea is being actively encouraged. There is also strong investment potential in the cultivation of vegetables such as onions, okro, garden eggs and tomatoes, as well as pepper, a spice. The industrial sector is not well developed but this only increases the potential available.
 
There are a few blacksmiths, local gin distilleries and a distillation plant for citronella. There are also kente weaving and stool carving businesses. Although there are a few forest reserves under the authority of the Department of Forestry, as well as timber concessions exploited by concessionaires, no saw mill has yet been established in the constituency, which creates an obvious opportunity.
 
Besides, there are extensive clay deposits which can support ceramics, brick and tile industries. The constituency, under its Poverty Alleviation Credit Scheme, has started making loans available to farmers and small-scale industries for expansion.
 
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is also providing facilities for agro-based micro-financing for marketing and processing of agricultural produce. Finally, Jaman south constituency has several tourist attractions at Sampa, which have scientific, historic, or aesthetic importance. These include Gombe dancing by Moslems, Kyekye Kente Weaving Industry, the monkeys seen as sacred and treated like humans and the Debe Tree, which has a historic meaning for the people.
 
Timber concessions are being exploited by concessionaries. 
 
Extensive clay deposits also exist in the constituency, which can support ceramics, brick and tile industries. Here again, tremendous opportunities exist for astute private investors.
 
Location & Size:
 
The Jaman South Constituency  has a total land size of 798 sq. km and shares common frontiers with the Dormaa district to the Southwest, Berekum district to the South and East and the Jaman North district to the North. It also shares an international boundary with the Republic of La Cote D, Ivoire at the West. 
 
The constituency with its capital at Drobo has a total land area of about 700km and about 130 settlements most of which are rural and have a population less than 400. It has a total land area of 1,500 square kilometres.
 
Climate and Vegetation:
The vegetation is mainly of the forest-savannah woodland. Grassland forms the major portions of the northern sector, whereas the southern and the western portion is mainly semi-deciduous type. Parts of the original semi-deciduous forest have become secondary type of vegetation because of extensive lumbering and agricultural activities. The constituency has its major rainy season from April to June, experiencing her minor rains in August to October. The month of July experiences a short dry season, with prolonged one in the months of November to march.
 
Farming is the main occupation in the constituency forming 61.7% of the labour force. The predominant farming practices are mixed farming, mono cropping, crop rotation and plantation agriculture. Main food crops grown are plantain, cocoyam, maize, eggplants and cassava. Cocoa and cashew are the major cash crops grown.  
 
The average annual temperature is about 250°,Relative humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the raining season. There are two types of vegetation in the constituency. These are the semi-deciduous fon and the savanna woodland.
 
Part of the original semi-deciduous forest has been secondary type of vegetation as a result of extensive lumbering and agricultural activities. This secondary type of forest is made up of shrubs and grasses with original tree species of Odum, Wawa and Mahogany.
 
Geology & Soil:
 
soil
The constituency is largely characterized by soils developed over the Birimanian and Buem series. These geological features together with vegetation influence give rise to two soil types. These are the forest ochrosols and the savanna ochrosols. This soil type supports the cultivation of yam, rice, ground nut and cashew nut.
 
Geology
 
The land area of the Jaman South constituency is underlaid by Birimanian, Buem and Dahomeyan rocks. Some of these rocks are mineral bearing rocks.
 
The minerals found in the constituency include:
 
• Gold-located at Yaamiensa, Atuna and Adamsu 
• Diamond and other precious minerals • Clay deposits at Dwenem. 
• Stones for quarrying.
 
Tourism Attractions:
 
The constituency also has huge potential in the area of tourism. There are several places of historic, scientific or aesthetic importance, which can prove to be veritable tourist attractions. These include:
 
The Kyekye Kente Weaving Industry at Sampa and the immediate environs of Fantra.
 
The Gombe dancing by Moslems to select wives, at Sampa. The monkeys at Sampa seen as sacred and treated as if they were human beings.
 
The Debe Tree at Sampa, which has a historic meaning for the people.
 
The Buodi Scarp, rich in gold.
 
The crocodile pond at Mpuasu.
 
Zezera and its attractive terrain.
 
The Underground Carving Industry at Abuokrom.
 
The cave at Kuti believed to be the origin of the people.
 
The forest at Kabre believed to be sacred and so not cleared.
 
The rocky plains of Bodaa.
 
Festivals; Munufie kese
The Ghana – La Cote d’Ivoire Border Demarcation at Kwameseikrom, Sampa and Zezera.
 
Sampa Market and its strategic location.
 
Hospitality services such as hotels, restaurants and telecommunication services are available in the constituency. They are:
 
• Ausbeng Hotel at Drobo
• Gye Nyame Guest House at Japekrom
• Ansu Guest House at Japekrom
• Adinkra Memorial Hotel at Drobo
• KVTC Guest House at Kwasibourkrom
• Peace Valley Hotel at Drobo
 
These places require private sector investment to put standard tourist facilities in place and the constituency  would be willing to provide every available assistance in this regard, coupled with generous incentives. Indeed, the constituency aims to enable private investors to earn highly competitive returns on their investments in the constituency.

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