|Elevation||322 m (1,056 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC3 (EAT)|
Mandritsara [maɳɖʐiˈtsarə̥] is a city and commune (commune urbain, Malagasy: kaominina) in northern Madagascar. It belongs to the district of Mandritsara, which is a part of Sofia Region. The population of the commune was estimated to be approximately 17,000 in 2001 commune census.
The town has a permanent court and hospital Hopitaly Vaovao Mahafaly – a Baptist mission hospital whose name means "Good News Hospital" (or, literally, "Hospital of the news that makes you happy").
Farming and raising livestock provides employment for 40% and 35% of the working population. The most important crop is rice, while other important products are peanuts and cassava. Services provide employment for 25% of the population.
In addition to primary schooling the town offers secondary education at both junior and senior levels. Mandritsara hosts the Training and Research Unit in Social Sciences of the University of Mahajanga on the campus of Antsoha. A regional centre for distance education (CRTE) of the Centre National de Télé-Enseignement de Madagascar (CNETMAD) is also located in Mandritsara.
Mandritsara is served by a local airport.
- Marotandrano Reserve is at 42 km from Mandritsara.
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