Mayuge District

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Mayuge District
District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°20′N 33°30′E / 0.333°N 33.500°E / 0.333; 33.500
Country  Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Sub-region Busoga sub-region
Capital Mayuge
Area
 • Land 1,082.5 km2 (418.0 sq mi)
Elevation 1,350 m (4,430 ft)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 461,200
 • Density 426.1/km2 (1,104/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website Homepage

Mayuge District is a district in Eastern Uganda. Like many other Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Mayuge, where the district headquarters are located.

Location[edit]

Mayuge District is bordered by Iganga District to the north, Bugiri District to the northeast, Namayingo District to the east, the Republic of Tanzania to the south, and Jinja District to the west. The coordinates of the district are:00 20N, 33 30E. The district headquarters are located at Mayuge, approximately 38 kilometres (24 mi), by road, east of Jinja, Uganda's sixth largest city.[1]

Overview[edit]

Prior to 2000, Mayuge District was known as Bunya County and was part of Iganga District. Present day Mayuge District, Iganga District, Kamuli District, Jinja District, Kaliro District and Bugiri District, constitute the Busoga Kingdom. A large proportion of the district surface area is open water of Lake Victoria. It is estimated that this represents 77% of the total surface area in the district. Another 10% of the district is protected national forest reserve .The district has many Islands which are currently occupied by permanent and migratory fishermen. These include the Islands of Seguti, Dagusi, Vumba, Kaza, Nambuga and Simu. The Islands are all easily accessible by motor boat or canoe.

Population[edit]

In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 216,800. The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district to be about 324,700 people, of whom 51.2% were female and 48.8% were male. The district population annual growth rate was calculated at 3.6%. In 2012, it was estimated that the population of Mayuge District was approximately 461,200.[2] The table below depicts the population growth trajectory in the district, between 2002 and 2012. All figures are estimates. The next Uganda population census is scheduled for August 2014.[3]

Mayuge District Population Trends
Year Estimated Population
2002 324,700
2003 336,400
2004 348,500
2005 361,000
2006 374,000
2007 387,500
2008 401,500
2009 416,000
2010 431,000
2011 446,500

Economic activities[edit]

Due to fertile soils and favorable climate, Mayuge District has great agricultural potential. However, the fact that open water and natural forest reserves occupy an estimated 87% of the surface area of the district, significant pressure has been exerted on the natural environment from the increasing population numbers. Most of the agriculture in the district is on the subsistence level. The crops grown include the following:.[4]

Fishing is another high-value activity practiced in the district. This activity is the largest income earner in the district, accounting for 63% and 52% of the district revenue in 2002 and 2003 respectively. In 2004, an estimated 2,600 people were engaged in commercial fishing in Mayuge District. The fish caught from Lake Victoria include: (a) Nile Perch (b) Tilapia (c) Rargentae (Mukene) (d) Clarias (Cat fish) and (e) Protopterus (Lung fish).

In recent times, bee keeping for production of honey, is becoming an accepted and practiced method of earning an income in the district.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Distance between Jinja and Mayuge with Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Estimated Population of Mayuge District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Ninsiima, Racheal (14 July 2013). "Uganda Census Planned for 2014". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Economic Activities In Mayuge District". Uganda Travel Guide. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 00°20′N 33°30′E / 0.333°N 33.500°E / 0.333; 33.500