Guest Houses and Hotels:
Hoima Kolping House
5-13, Musajamukuru Road
Ssabalongo Guest House
9-11, Old Fort Portal Road
Hoima district is located in Mid-western Uganda, bordered by Lake Albert to the West, Kibaale to the South, Masindi (North – East) and Kiboga (East). Hoima district is one of the three districts that evolved from the famous Omukama Kabalega’s Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom.
It has a population of about 341,700 people and a total area of 5,775 Sq. km
The major language spoken is Runyoro although other tribes which infiltrated the area speak Rutoro, Rukiga, Alur and Rugungu.
Hoima gets an average rainfall of 1,000mm with two heavy rain seasons running from March-May and from August-November.
The district has a good road network connecting the rural productive areas to the urban centres located in Hoima district. It has a 200 km trunk road that runs from Kampala to Hoima and 550 km of feeder roads.
Education overview of Hoima:
Hoima like other districts in the country has implemented successfully the government Universal Primary Education Program known as UPE. Hoima has got a total of 123 primary schools, 37 secondary schools and the primary college at Butera.
Currently the total number of primary schools enrollment is 79577(2002 statistics) and is expected to reach 110,000 by the year 2006.
The district has put much emphasis on education of the girl child and reducing on the high rates of school drop outs in the district.
So far, the district has been able to improve on the school infrastructure using the government School Facility Grant (SFG), TDMS and the LGDP.
80% 0f the total labour force in the district depend on agriculture. The district has a great potential of Agricultural Mechanization and industrialization. There is a variety of food stuffs produced which include sweet potatoes, bananas, maize, cassava, beans, Soya beans, rice, finger millet, sorghum, cowpeas and pigeon peas, ground nuts, Simsim, yams and Irish potatoes. The common cash crops include cotton, tea and coffee. But the district has picked interest in horticultural farming with production of products like fruits, vegetables and spices. Others include tomatoes, cabbages, onions and pine apples.
Local breeds graze remotely in villages in Hoima.
Livestock farming is also practiced and mainly keeping local breeds such as Zebu & Ankole cattle. But the introduction of exotic breeds is expected to increase on the productivity of dairy products.
Poultry farming, Bee-keeping is picking up with the increasing demand for their products.
Generally the district has a high potential for extensive agriculture and agro-industrialization.
Hoima district has one government aided regional and referral hospital.
It offers both curative and preventive services.
However, there are also many health centres constructed under the Poverty Alleviation Program (PAP) and with the support of non-government organizations like AUSI –Italian Aid.
Author: Sandra Nans