Meru District in Arusha Region
Meru District in Arusha Region originated from the former Arumeru District Council that was established on the 1st of July 2007 as the District Council with full mandatory power.
Location and Boundaries: Meru District Council lies on the slopes of Mount Meru, which is the second highest Mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro that rises to 14,000 ft(4516m) above sea level. The council lies between Latitude 3.00° -3.40° and Longitude 36.0°-55.0° in the Eastern south of Equator. The district has 11 perennial rivers and 143 springs some of which makes the bases for irrigation, domestic and livestock uses.
Land Area: Meru district covers an area of 1,268.2 square- Kilometers and about 13 percent of the total area (163.7 sq. km) is covered by forest reserves. An area of about 813.5 sq. km (64.1 percent) is used for agricultural activities, 37.05 sq .km ( 3 percent) for grazing , 15 sq. km (0.001 percent ) for pasture, 203.7 sq .km (16 percent) for national park, 5.7 sq. km (0.4 percent) for water bodies and the remaining area of 44.39 sq. km (3.6 percent) of land is for settlement
Economy:The growth of the economy is mainly depend on agriculture, which employs almost 80 percent of the population and contribute about 80 percent of total revenue. Main agriculture produce includes flowercuts, maize, sorghum, paddy, bulrush millet, legumes and sweet potatoes. Liverstock products include meat, hides and skins, milk, milk products and eggs.
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