Soroti District

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Soroti District is a district in Eastern Uganda. It is named after its chief municipal, administrative and commercial headquarters, Soroti, where the district headquarters are located.

Location

Soroti District is bordered by Amuria District to the north, Katakwi District to the east, Ngora District to the southeast, Serere District to the south, and Kaberamaido District to the west.Soroti, the district headquarters is located approximately 116 kilometres (72 mi), by road, northwest of Mbale, the nearest large city.

Overview

Soroti District is part of Teso sub-region, which includes the following districts:

  • Amuria District
  • Bukedea District
  • Kaberamaido District
  • Katakwi District
  • Kumi District
  • Ngora District
  • Serere District
  • Soroti District

The sub-region is home to an estimated 2.5 million people of Iteso and Kumam ethnicities.

Population

The national census of 1991 estimated the district population at about 113,900. Eleven years later, the 2002 national census put the district population at approximately 193,300 of whom 51.2% were female and 48.8% were male. In 2011, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimated the District population at about 322,000.

The district has one of the highest levels of poverty in the country. In February 2009, it was estimated that 53 percent of the population in the district (an estimated 124,300 people) live on less than US$1.00 per day. The two predominant ethnicities in the district are the Iteso and the Kumam. The main languages spoken in the district are Ateso, Kumam, and Swahili.

Economic activity

Agriculture is the main economic activity in the district. Crops grown include: The produce is consumed locally and some is sold in the urban areas, particularly in Soroti Town.

  • Millet
  • Cassava
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Simsim
  • Sunflower
  • Cotton
  • Sweet potato
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