|• Gouvernor||Solofonirina Maherizo Andriamanana|
|• Total||6,993 km2 (2,700 sq mi)|
|• Density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC3 (EAT)|
low · 11th of 22
Itasy is a region in central Madagascar. It borders Analamanga region in northeast, Vakinankaratra in south and Bongolava in northwest. The capital of the region is Miarinarivo, and the population was 897,962 in 2018. It is the smallest of all the 22 regions in area with 6,993 km2 (2,700 sq mi), and is the most densely populated region after Analamanga.
Itasy Region is divided into three districts, which are sub-divided into 51 communes.
- Arivonimamo District – 22 communes
- Miarinarivo District – 12 communes
- Soavinandriana District – 15 communes
Bodies of water
There are 58 rivers in Itasy. 21 rivers are flowing in Miarinarivo District, 17 rivers in Arivonimamo District and 20 in Soavinandriana District. 3500 ha are covered by lakes: 40 lakes in Miarinarivo, 9 lakes in Soavinandriana and 2 in Arivonimamo.
According to the ONTM (Office National de Tourism de Madagascar), more 60% of domestic tourists from the capital city use this as their short-stay holiday destination each year. However, this still amounts to less than 200 tourists per day, or up to 1200 tourists per day on national holidays. Ampefy, by lake Itasy, is the main tourist town.
The region is famous for several features:
- Lake Itasy, which is a source of livelihood for 3000 fisherman, with over 100 small canoes out daily;
- The monument of the Virgin Mary, on the edge of the lake, marking the very centre of the country;
- The isle of the Lake Itasy King, with a stone circle;
- The two Lily Waterfalls, of which the first is 16 m high by 35 m wide and the second over 22 m high, but not as wide;
- The Analavory Chute, which is over 20 m high;
- Over 20 small lakes;
- Boating and trekking experiences;
- The Analavory geysers, which are coldwater geysers that occasionally reach a height of nearly 3 m and have formed high travertine mounds;
- An ancient double-moated hillfort which can be seen near the town of Soavinandriana;
- Substantial numbers of huge extinct volcanic craters, some with crater lakes; and
- Lemurs' Park, which is seen at PK 22 (22 km) en route to Lake Itasy from the capital city.
Base of the economy is agriculture. Main crops and their size of cultivation (ha) are:
- Rice (66000 ha)
- Peanut (37279 ha)
- Maize (37279 ha)
- Manioc (22872 ha)
- Beans (12204 ha)
- Potatoes (9211 ha)
- Bambara groundnut (4836 ha)
- Tomatoes (4168 ha)
- Sweet potatoes (1377 ha)
- Ananas (3135 ha)
- sugar cane (222ha)
There is also cattle breeding. Itasy produces 2.7% of the zebu bread in Madagascar and 4,9 % of the porc that is raised in Madagascar.
- "Troisieme Recensement General de la Population et de L'Habitation (RGPH-3) Resultats Provisoires" (PDF). Institut National de la Statistique Madagascar. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 18, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
- "Sub-national HDI – Area Database – Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
- Ralison, Eliane; Goossens, Frans. "Madagascar: Profil des marchés pour les évaluations d'urgence de la sécurité alimentaire" (PDF) (in French). Programme Alimentaire Mondial, Service de l’Evaluation des besoins d’urgence (ODAN). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Guide Region Itasy
- Guide Region Itasy