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Mbeya district is one of the seven districts of Mbeya Region. The district lies between latitudes 7o and 9o South of Equator and between longitudes 33o and 35o East of Greenwich. The district includes the newly established Mbarali district which is not yet in operation. It is bordered by Iringa region to the East, Rungwe and Ileje districts to the South. The district also borders with Mbozi district to the West and Chunya district to the North – West.
The district has a total area of 19,098 Sq. Kms. (19,098,000 ha.) of which 15,420,000 ha. is ideal for crop production, 466,200ha. is under forest, 500 ha. is under Game Reserve, 1,569,424ha. is water bodies and the rest is used for other activities. Administratively, Mbeya district is divided into five (5) divisions, namely: Rujewa, Ilongo, Usongwe, Isangati and Tembela. The district is further sub – divided into 21 Wards and 158 villages,