|• Land||4,605 km2 (1,778 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 Estimate)|
|• Density||65.3/km2 (169/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Kiruhura District is bordered by Kamwenge District and Kyegegwa District to the north, Sembabule District to the northeast, Lyantonde District to the east, Rakai District to the southeast, Isingiro District to the south, Mbarara District to the southwest and Ibanda District to the northwest. The district headquarters at Kiruhura, are located approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi), by road, northeast of Mbarara, the largest town in the sub-region. The coordinates of the district are:00 12S, 31 00E.
The district is part of the larger Ankole sub-region, which is coterminus with the Ankole Kingdom, which is constitutionally recognised but is currently non-functional, as of May 2011. The sub-region was home to an estimated 2.2 million Banyankole in 2002, according to the national census conducted that year. The districts that compose Ankole sub-region include the following:
The country home of the current president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is located in Rwakitura, Nyabushozi County, in Kiruhura District. The Rwakitura home functions like an upcountry State House, when the president is visiting.
The 1991 national population census put the district population at about 140,950. Eleven years later, in 2002, the national census that year, estimated the population of Kiruhura District to be about 212,220, with an estimated annual growth rate of 3%. In 2012, the district population was estimated at about 300,800. The table below illustrates the trajectory of population growth in the district, during the first decade of the 21st century. All figures are estimates.
|Kiruhura District Population Trends|
Kiruhura District is a farming district. Livestock forms the backbone of economic activity in the district. The animals raised include:
Milk and meat are important products produced in the district. In 2006, it was estimated that the district produced in excess of 100,000 liters of milk daily. The produce is sold locally and also marketed to Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, about 240 kilometres (150 mi) to the east of Kiruhura District.
Amos Dairy (Uganda) Limited, a subsidiary of Amos Diary of India, is in the process of setting up a milk-processing plant at Akageti in Kiruhura District, with capacity to process in excess of 2 million litres of milk annually.