Morogoro

Morogoro

[mawr-uh-gawr-oh, mohr-uh-gohr-oh]
Morogoro, city (1994 est. pop. 120,000), capital of Morogoro prov., E Tanzania. It is the commercial and transportation center for a region producing sisal, coffee, and livestock. Tobacco is processed there.
Morogoro is a city with an urban population of 206,868 (2002 census) in the southern highlands of Tanzania, 190 km west of Dar es Salaam. It is the capital of the Morogoro Region.

Overview

Morogoro lies at the base of the Uluguru Mountains, and is a centre of agriculture in the region, with the Sokoine University of Agriculture based in the city. A number of missions are also based in the town, providing schools and hospitals. The town is the administrative headquarters of the Morogoro region.

Transport

Morogoro is served by a station on the Central Railway of Tanzanian Railways.

Water

Eighty percent of the Morogoro's water supply comes from the Mindu Dam on the Ngerengere River. The dam project, begun in 1978, has been surrounded by controversy. The new body of standing water has led to high rates of bilharzia infection , and mercury run-off from gold mining nearby the dam has caused pollution of the city's water supply . The dam is also being rapidly silted due to deforestation in the surrounding areas.

Culture and sports

The city is represented in the Tanzanian Premier League by football clubs Moro United and Polisi Morogoro;

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