Kiruhura District

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Kiruhura District
District
Coordinates: 00°12′S 31°00′E / 0.200°S 31.000°E / -0.200; 31.000Coordinates: 00°12′S 31°00′E / 0.200°S 31.000°E / -0.200; 31.000
Country  Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-division Ankole sub-region
Capital Kiruhura
Area
 • Land 4,605 km2 (1,778 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 300,800
 • Density 65.3/km2 (169/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.kiruhura.go.ug

Kiruhura District is a district in Western Uganda. It is named after its 'chief town' of Kiruhura, the location of the district headquarters.

Location[edit]

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.[1] The district headquarters at Kiruhura, are located approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi), by road, northeast of Mbarara, the largest town in the sub-region.[2] The coordinates of the district are:00 12S, 31 00E.

Ankole sub-region[edit]

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:

Overview[edit]

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.[3]

Population[edit]

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.[4] 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
Year Est. Pop.
2002 212,200
2003 218,600
2004 225,100
Year Est. Pop.
2005 231,900
2006 238,800
2007 246,000
Year Est. Pop.
2008 253,400
2009 261,000
2010 268,800

Economic activities[edit]

Kiruhura District is a farming district. Livestock forms the backbone of economic activity in the district. The animals raised include:

  • Ankole cattle
  • Exotic cattle breeds
  • Hybrid cattle - mixtures of exotic and Ankole breeds
  • African Goats
  • Boer goats
  • Hybrid goats - mixtures of Boer goats and African goats

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Map Showing Mbarara And Kiruhura With stance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Vision, Reporter (5 January 2010). "Museveni Meets Mumbere In Rwakitura". New Vision. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Estimated Population of Kiruhura District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Milk production in Kiruhura District
  6. ^ Distance between Kiruhura and Kampala with Map
  7. ^ Vision, Reporter (13 May 2014). "Uganda Targets 20 Billion Litres of Milk Annually". New Vision. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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