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Climate.

Masindi has a favourable climate and its rainfall pattern is bimodal. The District receives an annual long‐term average rainfall of 1304millimetres (mm). The District has three main climatic zones: high rainfall zones: These are areas, which receive more than 1000 mm of rainfall per annum. These include, Budongo, Pakanyi, Karujubu and Nyangahya sub‐ counties; medium rainfall zones: These are areas with total amount of rainfall ranging between 800mm – 1000mm per annum i.e. Kigumba, Kiryandongo sub‐counties, and Bigando and Isimba Parishes in Miirya Sub County; and lower rainfall zones: These are areas, which receive less than 800mm of rainfall per annum. These include Masindi Port, and Kimengo Sub Counties. Major Economic activities carried out in high rainfall zones include: pitsawing especially in Budongo Forest, maize production, cassava production, sugar cane production, tobacco and banana growing. This has contributed to increased household incomes enabling the population to sustain their livelihoods. Similar activities are carried out in areas receiving medium rainfall. On the other hand the major activities carried out in low rainfall zones are: Pastoralism, fishing and cotton growing.

Vegetation

The natural vegetation of Masindi comprises of forest, dry and humid Savannah with Elephant grass prolific throughout the area. This type of vegetation provides a diverse habitat for a variety of birds and Animals.

Water Resources

The District has got adequate surface and sub‐surface water reserves. However some parts of the District are devoid of such water reserves especially during the dry season. Severe surface water shortage is experienced in Kimengo and Masindi Port Sub‐Counties. The drainage system in the district consists of numerous wetlands in several localities.