Agriculture in Have
CroppingThe principal economic activity for the people is farming. Have has a vast grass and forestlands suitable for the production of any tropical crop including food and cash crops. The town, additionally, is noted for its all year round supply of fruits in the region. Typical crops grown in the area include:
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Cassava is further processed into gari or agbelimawoe (agbelima) for sale in the cities. In view of the land’s suitability for a large variety of agricultural products, Have has witnessed a large presence of alien settler farmers particularly from southern Volta. These settlers have over the years developed their own farming communities, set up schools etc and are actively involved in food cropping. There are currently five different settler communities.
Fishing and Animal Husbandry
Additionally, the construction of the Akosombo Dam in the 1960’s resulted in the River Dayi expanding its banks around Kpeve-Have area. This led to a boom in the fishing industry along River Dayi at Have. Here again, settlers with the consent of the chiefs of Have, had developed communities along the river for fishing. These communities supply the town, Kpeve, Ho, Logba and other towns with fresh water fish.
The area is also good for animal rearing. The following types of animals are particularly reared in the area: Cattle, Goat, Sheep and Poultry.
There are potentials for commercial farming in the area. With vast track lands along the river, the area is attractive for large-scale commercial farming. There is also the potential for fish farming as well as animal rearing on commercial scale.
Agro-IndustriesThe place is suitable for setting up of industries particularly agro-based industries. The availability and proximity of the source of raw materials is an important determinant for setting up such industries. Such industries can add value to farm products in areas of:
· Starch production
· Gari processing
· Incense and perfumery
· Fruit juice processing
There is a ready labour market provided by products of the Technical Institute.