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Agriculture

Agriculture is the major economic activity in Alebtong district. The majority of farmers are small holders who grow mainly annual crops. The annuals include maize, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava and groundnuts. The table below shows the major crops grown in Alebtong District as of 2011.

The annual crops are mostly grown for home consumption.

  • Number of Households involved in Agriculture: 34,584
  • Ratio of Agriculture Extension workers to farmers: 1:4,979

 

  Estimated Crop Hectarage, Yieldsand Production for 2011

Crop

Hectare

Yield (Tonnes)(yield per hectare) TOTAL

Out-put

Maize

36,000

180,000

Increase of yield by 10%

Sorghums

22,500

67,500

Increase of yield by 8%

F/Millet

9,000

90,000

Increase of yield by 12%

S/Potatoes

13,500

10,800

Increase of yield by 3%

I/Potatoes

450

180

Increase of yield by 4%

Cassava

31,500

63,000

Increase of yield by 10%

Bananas

1500

600

Increase of yield by 20%

Beans

36,000

14,400

Increase of yield by 5%

G/nuts

9,000

4500

Increase of yield by 6%

Soya beans

4500

2250

Increase of yield by 4%

Tomatoes

45

9

Increase of yield by 6%

Cabbages

38

228

Increase of yield by 5%

Pineapples

18

3.6

Increase of yield by 10%

P/fruits

21

4.2

Increase of yield by 4%

Onions

18

23.4

Increase of yield by 2%

Cash crops

 

Cotton

35

8.5

Increase of yield by 1%

Coffee

8

4.8

Increase of yield by 1%

Sun flower

55

580

Increase of yield by 5%

Source: District Agricultural Office