Busembatya, Uganda

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Busembatya is located in Uganda
Map of Uganda showing the location of Busembatya.
Coordinates: 00°46′30″N 33°37′30″E / 0.77500°N 33.62500°E / 0.77500; 33.62500
Country  Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Sub-region Busoga sub-region
District Iganga District
Elevation 1,080 m (3,540 ft)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 15,700
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Busembatya, sometimes spelled Busembatia, is a town in Eastern Uganda.


Busembatya is located on the northern edge of Iganga District. Its closest neighboring metropolitan area is the town of Namutumba, in Namutumba District, a distance of approximately 13.5 kilometres (8.4 mi), by road, northeast of Busembatya. Busembatya's location is approximately 74 kilometres (46 mi), by road, northeast of Jinja, the largest city in Busoga sub-region.[1] The town is located on the main highway between Iganga and Mbale, along the Tirinyi Bridge Road. The coordinates of the town are:00 46 30N, 33 37 30E (Latitude:0.7750; Longitude:33.6250).


The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population of the town of Busembatya at 15,200 in 2010.[2] In 2011, UBOS estimated the population of the town at 15,700.[3] The Basoga are the main inhabitants of Busembatya, and the main language spoken is Lusoga, although most people know many other languages including Luganda and English.


Busembatya is known for its rice, a cash crop in Uganda. Being on a highland surrounded by swamps, it is in the perfect environment for growing large amounts of rice. Before electricity was widespread, people would come from all over Busoga to bring their rice to Busembatya's mills. Now that power cables have reached many of the rural areas, fewer people find it worthwhile to make the journey to the town. As a result, the rate of population growth in Busembatya has actually decreased; an unusual thing in a country with a rapidily growing population.

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Coordinates: 00°46′30″N 33°37′30″E / 0.77500°N 33.62500°E / 0.77500; 33.62500