Batu (town)

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Batu
Baatuu (Oromo)
Town
Batu is located in Ethiopia
Batu
Batu
Location within Ethiopia
Coordinates: 7°56′N 38°43′E / 7.933°N 38.717°E / 7.933; 38.717Coordinates: 7°56′N 38°43′E / 7.933°N 38.717°E / 7.933; 38.717
Country Ethiopia
Region Oromia
ZoneEast Shewa
Elevation
1,643 m (5,390 ft)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total43,660
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code+251 46 441
ClimateCwb

Batu (Oromo: Baatuu), formerly Zway or Ziway,[1] is a town and woreda on the road connecting Addis Ababa to Nairobi in the East Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Batu has a latitude and longitude of 7°56′N 38°43′E / 7.933°N 38.717°E / 7.933; 38.717 with an elevation of 1643 meters above sea level.

Economy[edit]

Located on the shore of Hora Dambal, the economy of the town is based on fishing and horticulture. Batu is also home to a prison and a caustic soda factory. The Dutch company Sher operates what in 2019 has been called "the world's largest rose farm, employing 1,500 workers."[2]

Demographics[edit]

The 2007 national census reported a total population for Batu of 43,660, of whom 22,956 were men and 20,704 were women. The majority of the inhabitants said they practised Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 51.04% of the population reporting they observed this belief, while 24.69% of the population were Muslim, 0.42% practiced traditional beliefs, and 22.07% of the population were Protestant.[1] The 1994 national census reported this town had a total population of 20,056 of whom 10,323 were males and 9,733 were females.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2007 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1 Archived November 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Tables 2.1 (p. 9), 2.5 (p. 114), 3.4 (p. 349) (accessed 22 September 2012)
  2. ^ Gérand, Christelle (June 5, 2019). "The real cost of 'Ethiopian-style development'". Equal Times. Retrieved 16 July 2021.

External links[edit]

Ziway travel guide from Wikivoyage