2011/2012 Yearbook Devolution

40. Busia

Located in western Kenya, it borders Lake Victoria to the south west, the Republic of Uganda to the west, north and north east, and the following counties; Bungoma and Kakamega to the east, and Siaya to the south east and south.

Area

1,695km2

Climate/Weather

The average temperature is 22°C and the rainfall amount ranges between 750mm and 1,800mm per annum.

Key national monument(s)

Kakapel National Monument

Population

743,946 people

Population density: 439 people per km2

National percentage: 1.93 per cent

Annual growth rate: 2.9 per cent

Government

County capital: Busia Town (proposed)

Constituencies: Teso North, Teso South, Nambale, Matayos, Butula, Funyula and Budalang’i

Economy

Poverty level: 66 per cent

Age dependency ratio: 100:107

Resources: Arable land, livestock, water, pasture, forests Tourist attractions: Kakapel National Monument, Lake Victoria Viewpoint

Main economic activities/industries: Trade, agriculture, tourism, fishing, commercial businesses.

Agricultural products: Livestock products, maize, cassava, millet, sweet potatoes, beans, rice

Education

Number of institutions (2007): Primary (420), Secondary (90)

Enrollment: Primary 220,101, Secondary 21,794

Tertiary: More than 10 including youth polytechnics, TTCs and several Ccmmercial colleges.

Health

Health facilities: 81 – Four District Hospitals, sub-district hospitals (2), dispensaries (49), health centres (12), medical clinics (10), nursing homes (3) and others (1)

Notable hospitals: Port Victoria, Sio Port, Teso, and Busia Districts Hospitals