Natural Resources

 NATURAL RESOURCES IN KYENJOJO DISTRICT

Kyenjojo District is endowed with a variety of natural resources on which the majority of the people depend on for their livelihoods in terms of food, shelter and income.

They include forests, wetlands, minerals, wildlife, good climate, and arable soil among others.

KYENJOJO DISTRICT 1990 2011
Central Forest Reserves 33,136ha 34,569ha
Local Forest Reserves 16.0ha 8ha
Kibaale Forest(UWA) 2,596ha 2,596ha
Forests on private land Approx 4,500ha
Existing Mineral Deposits indicated in the recent geophysical survey Gold, Copper, Iron ore, Nickel, uranium, Gypsum, Cobalt and stone outcrops

CENTRAL FOREST RESERVE (CFR)

SN NAME AREA (Ha) LOCATION/ SUB COUNTY TYPE
01 Itwara 6,998 Bugaaki & Kyarusozi Natural High Forest
02 Matiri 5,431 Kihuura Natural High Forest
03 Kagorra 4,313 Katooke Plantation
04 Kitecura 5,317 Bufunjo Natural High Forest
05 Ibambaro 3,724 Bufunjo&Kakabara Natural High Forest
06 Muhangi 2,044 Kyarusozi&Katooke Natural High Forest
07 Kibego 1,269 Kyarusozi Natural High Forest
08 Nkera 790 Katooke Natural High Forest
09 Oruha 3,471 Bugaaki Plantation
10 Kikumiro 730 Kyarusozi Plantation
11 Kyehara 482 Bugaaki Plantation
Total 34,564
 LOCAL FOREST RESERVES
01 Nyantungo 05 Kyenjojo Town Council Plantation
02 Butiiti 03 Butiiti Plantation
Total 08

 OTHER ELEMENTS OF NATURAL RESOURCES 

  • 133 Wetlands of which 93 are permanent and 41 seasonal
  • Major hills include Kibaale located in nyankwanzi, Ruhoko in Nyantungo, Kihuura hill and parts of Bugaaki
  • Kyenjojo has favorable climatic conditions with cool temperatures and a bimodal annual rainfall of about 2,000mm throughout the year with well drained fertile soils
  • Solid waste management is still one of the biggest dilemmas facing urban councils in the District. Due to water scarcity, most institutions and private individuals use pit latrines
  • District capital development projects such as road, school water source and health centre construction are certified by the environment officer
  • The Land tenure system in Kyenjojo District include ( freehold, customary, mailo and leasehold)
  • Subsistence farming dominates the District land use activities and cover a total area of 181,256ha and include crops such as coffee, maize, cassava, beans, ground nuts and tobacco
  • Some livestock such as cattle, goats, pigs and poultry are kept
  • Commercial tea growing and processing dominates much of the western part of the District covering about 2,908ha
  • The rate of deforestation is estimated at 20%
  • The District neighbors with Kibaale National park which is home to a number of different animal species such as elephants, chimpanzees, various types of antelopes and monkeys, baboons, bush pigs, various butterflies and a diversity of birds and plant

 

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