Ho, Dec. 1, GNA- Mr Emmanuel Dzakpasu, Anloga District Coordinating Director, in the Volta Region, says the district is ripe for investment and has appealed to the business community to consider the area for investment and doing business.
He said a lot of investment opportunities abound in the area as the district was blessed with arable lands for agriculture and tourism potential which could be harnessed for development.
Mr Dzakpasu said this when the Anloga District Assembly took it turn at the Sixth Volta Trade and Investment Fair to showcase investment potential within the area.
He said the arable lands in the area were good for cultivating maize, sugar cane, and rice, tomatoes, onion, shallot, okro, and pepper.
The Coordinating Director said the area had been noted as being one of the highest producers of shallot and tomatoes in the country.
Mr Dzakpasu said the district was also noted for commercial cultivation of sugar cane which was being processed into local gin in commercial quantities in Shime Areas.
Investment potential also abounds around fishing due to the sea and the lagoon and the sea is extremely rich in predatory fishes such as barracuda, sharks, blue marlin, salt fish, horse mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and sardinella.
The Co-ordinator said there was variety of shell fish, including crabs, squid, or cuttle fish, lobsters and shrimps and other sea creatures such as dolphins in the sea ecosystem.
At Bomigo, which is at the western side of the district stood about 15 million metric tonnes of clay deposits, he said, and this could be turned into a major industry for the production for hollow bricks, roofing tiles, dinner wares, and plumbing fixtures thereby creating opportunities for jobs creation.
“The availability of straw in large quantities is also another potential for the weaving of numerous straw products such as local mat and punch. Opportunities exist for the extraction and processing of coconut into coconut oil for both domestic and foreign markets.”
On the tourism potential, Mr Dzakpasu said the high waves from the sea were ideal for surf riding and wind surfing, and the windy atmosphere within the area was also good for building recreational facilities along the beach for tourists.
The Atorkor Slave Market, one of the ancient slave markets in the Volta Region and the Cape St. Paul’s Light House at Woe were beautiful tourist sites in the district, he said.
Mr Dzakpasu also mentioned the Anlo-Keta wetlands, which served as Ramsar site and host several migratory birds that fly and patronise the Mediterranean and the South Atlantic flyway as another tourism potential.
He said the district had very clean and unique golden beaches in the country, which could offer places of relaxation to tourists and recorded a lot of seasonal sea turtles which came onshore to lay eggs for hatching annually during the months of August and March and this provided beautiful scenes to behold.