District Economy


Agriculture is the mainstay of the Ketu North Municipal economy. It employs about 70% of the economically active labour force. Nearly every household in the Municipality is engaged in farming or agricultural value chain. Farming in the Municipal is largely carried out on small scale basis. The average acreage cultivated ranges between 4-6 acres for all crops.

Despite its importance, most of the agricultural potentials in the Municipal remain unutilized. Apart from the Weta Irrigation Project, which has been well developed, other Irrigation potentials that have been discovered are yet to be developed.

The crop sub-sector accounts for about 60% of agricultural activities in the Municipal. The crops in the sub-sector can be categorized as arable crops, plantation crops and vegetables. Currently crops grown in commercial quantities in the municipal include rice maize, cassava, sweet potato and cowpea.


Ketu North Municipal Assembly thrives on marketing activities.  The Municipal has its major marketing centre at Dzodze. Markets are held on rotating basis at every four (4) days.  Other satellite markets are found at Weta, Afife, Penyi and Tadzewu. The major markets deal in agricultural produce and smoked fish especially herrings from other adjoining districts. The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) joint boarder at Akanu has officially been opened for traders.


There are twenty-four (24) urban road network covering a total length of 277.90 Kilometers in the Municipality. The Akatsi-Dzodze-Akanu trunk road which covers a distance of 25Km has been asphalted making travelling on that road less time consuming. The tarring of Avalavi-Dekporyia – Kave road which is about 20 Km has improved the road network of the municipality.


The Municipal is endowed with educational facilities from Kindergarten to senior High schools which is a guarantee quality education.  

The table below shows that there are one hundred and Eighty-Five (186) Public Basic Schools, representing 81%, and 45 Private Basic Schools representing 19%. There are four (4) Senior High Schools at Dzodze, Weta, Afife,Tadzewu, Vocational Institute, and Ohawu Agirc College.

Table1: Schools by ownership level

Ownership / LevelPublic%Private%Total%
J H S5630.10%1533.37130.70%
Vocational10.50%  10.40%
S H S42.20%41.70%
Ohawu Agirc College10.50%10.40%

Source: Ghana Education Service, Dzodze 2019


The Municipal has One (1) Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) Hospital, one (1) Private Hospital and Two Private Clinics. There are thirty-Seven (37) Community Health and Planning Systems (CHPs) zones of which Six (6) are with Compound and Three (3) operating in temporal accommodation provided by community members.

 Type of Health Facilities and Number

CHAG Hospital   1Functioning
Hospital (Government)  0Functioning
Hospital (Private)  1Functioning
Health Centers 7Functioning
Maternity Homes (Private)  0Nil
CHPS Compound  6Functioning
CHPS Zones 3Functioning in temporal accommodation
RCH Units  1Functioning
Clinics (private)  2Functioning
Total  21 

Municipal Health Directorate, Dzodze 2021

In spite of the fact that there are quite a number of health facilities in varying categories and functions in the Municipal, there are some challenges confronting the health sector. These include low number of professionals and critical logistics for enhanced health service delivery.


The Municipal with a total projected population of 122,546 for 2019 needs some intervention to provide enough potable drinking water to serve the citizenry. Dzodze the Municipal capital depends on 3 mechanized boreholes to serve its people and this is managed by the water and Sanitation Board. Penyi and Devego also depends on Community Small Water schemes to supply water to the surrounding communities.


There are exciting traditional festivals celebrated by a good number of communities in the Municipality. Table below shows the major festivals, communities in which they are celebrated as well as the reasons for the celebration.

ANYIGBLA ZAAfife Traditional AreaTo scarify to the Anyigbla god and to ask for protection and good farming seasonFebruary
DE ZADzodze Traditional AreaTo revive the growing of palm nut in the areaFirst Week in October
DENYAZAWeta Traditional AreaTo raise funds for the development of the area.October
NUGORYIZAPenyi Traditional AreaTo raise funds for the development of the area.Third week in October

Deza Festival by the People of Dzodze


Ketu North Municipal is synonymous to the  finest gari production in Ghana and beyond, All the Ehi communities within Ketu North municipality produce gari. The Ehi garr is made of a special cassava variety with fresh tasty milk that makes Ehi gari the most sought for in the world. Ehi gari is seen in shops and exported all over the world.


The production of 4400 metric tons of rice makes Ketu North Municipal the leading producer of rice in the Volta Region of Ghana.  The municipality has 950 hectares of potential irrigation rice lands of which 880 hectares have been fully developed. Currently, 766.9 hectares is under cultivation.  In this regard, any investments in the rice value chain will yield the needed results of local rice production in Ghana.

 Ketu North Municipal has an attractive environment with welcoming faces all over and beautiful natural landscapes like the Depkor dam, Grotto , Keta lagoon Ramsar site near Afife and several undeveloped world class tourist sites exist. The Assembly is prepared to partner any private investor willing to invest in the Ketu North Municipality.


All the market forces favour Ketu North Municipal due to its central location and well design nodal transportation network that  connects the bordering/adjuring districts/ municipality as well as Togolese capital Lome, which is a twenty five (25) munities drive from Dzodze and several border towns making movement of goods and services easy. It takes only two hours to get to Tema harbor and a little over that to be in Accra, Ghana’s capital.  


The newest major boarder post is at the Ketu North Municipal at Dzodze-Akanu. This boarder post is jointly manned by Ghanaian and Togolese officials. This post has increased the volume of trade between other West and East African nationals and Ketu North Municipal making the construction of a multipurpose market a viable economic venture.         

Joint Boarder Post at Dzodze Akanu


Ketu NorthMunicipal remains a pro-business destination for all manner of investors and   the few large scale extrusive industries (salt mining, quarry and sand wining) in the municipality are benefiting from the good will as well as other services, facilities and resources common to all. This brings about shared costs which eventually lowers the cost of doing business.


In conclusion, Ketu North has a comparative advantages for business and industry to grow their businesses, make profit and remain in business.                   

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