In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 162,200. The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district at approximately 249,700. The annual population growth rate in the district, between 2002 and 2012, has been calculated at 3.5%. It is estimated that the population of the district in 2012, was 349,000. The table below illustrates how the district population has grown between 2002 and 2012. The numbers are estimates.
Subsistence agriculture is the major economic activity in the district. An estimated 80% of the district's population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, although approximately 75% of the work is done by women.