|District of Assam|
|Administrative division||Lower Assam|
|• Total||6,882 km2 (2,657 sq mi)|
|• Density||520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|• Literacy||70.95 per cent|
|• Sex ratio||914|
|Average annual precipitation||1,400 mm|
Kamrup Rural district (Pron: ˈkæmˌrəp or ˈkæmˌru:p) (Assamese: কামৰূপ জিলা) is an administrative district in the state of Assam in India formed by bifurcation of Kamrup district in 2003, named after Kamarupa, by which present Assam state and its adjoining areas were known in ancient times. The district, along with Nalbari and Barpeta that together formed the Undivided Kamrup district of the 1980s, a part of Western Assam, has a unique culture and language.
Kamrup Rural district created by bifurcating Old Kamrup district in 2003.
Geography and environment
Kamrup district occupies an area of 4,345 square kilometres (1,678 sq mi), comparatively equivalent to Australia's Kangaroo Island. Kamrup district has some territorial disputes with neighbouring West Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya, including that over the village of Langpih.
In the immediate neighborhood of the Brahmaputra the land is low, and exposed to annual inundation. In this marshy tract reeds and canes flourish luxuriantly, and the only cultivation is that of rice. At a comparatively short distance from the river banks the ground begins to rise in undulating knolls towards the mountains of Bhutan on the north, and towards the Khasi hills on the south. The hills south of the Brahmaputra in some parts reach the height of 800 feet (240 m). The Brahmaputra, which divides the district into two nearly equal portions, is navigable by river steamers throughout the year, and receives several tributaries navigable by large native boats in the rainy season. The chief of these are the Manas, Chaul Khoya and Barnadi on the north, and the Kulsi and Dibru on the south bank.
Flora and fauna
In 1989 Kamrup district became home to the Dipor Bil Wildlife Sanctuary, which has an area of 4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi). There is also a plantation where seedlings of teak, sal, sissu, sum, and nahor are reared, and experiments are being made with the caoutchouc tree.
According to the 2011 census Kamrup district has a population of 1,517,202, roughly equal to the West African country of Gabon or the US state of Hawaii. This gives it a ranking of 327th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 436 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,130 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 15.67%. Kamrup has a sex ratio of 946 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 72.81%.
The district has followers of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Animism. The ancient temples of Kamakhya and Hajo attracts many pilgrims from all quarters. The people of Kamrup also donated a sacred Arya Avalokiteśvara statue to Stakna Monastery in Ladakh.
Major language spoken natively is Kamrupi with pockets of Amri, a Tibeto-Burman language related with Karbi, with 1,25,000 speakers; and A'Tong, also Tibeto-Burman spoken by 10,000 people, found mostly in southern parts bordering Meghalaya.
The staple crop of the district is rice, of which there are three crops. The indigenous manufactures are confined to the weaving of silk and cotton cloths for home use, and to the making of brass cups and plates. The chief exports are rice, oil seeds, timber and cotton; the imports are fine rice, salt, piece goods, sugar, betel nuts, coconuts and hardware. A section of the Assam-Bengal railway starts from Guwahati, and a branch of the Eastern Bengal railway has recently been opened to the opposite bank of the river. A metalled road runs due south from Guwahati to Shillong.
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