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Borgou Department

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Borgou is one of the twelve departments of Benin. Borgou borders the country of Nigeria and the departments of Alibori, Atakora, Collines and Donga. The capital of Borgou is Parakou. The d├ępartement of Borgou was bifurcated in 1999 with its northern territory moved to the newly created Alibori Department.Per 2013 census, the total population of the department was 1,214,249 with 607,013 males and 607,236 females. The proportion of women was 50.00 per cent. The total rural population was 56.40 percent, while the urban population was 43.60 per cent. The total labour force in the department was 271,652 out of which 25.20 per cent were women. The proportion of households with no level of education was 64.30GeographyThe department is bounded by Atkora Mountains in the west, Niger river in the north and regions of Mali to the south. Geographically, the Borgou region is split among Benin and Nigeria, with 130,000 sq km in Benin and 52,000 sqkm in Nigeria. The northeast region is fertile with highland and savannah. Cotton, corn and cassava are the major crops in the country. The northeast plains slope down to the valleys of Niger river. The climate is usually humid and tropical. The northern regions of Benin, in general, receive one season of rainfall from May to September, compared to the southern regions which receive two spells from March to July and September to November. The average maximum temperature in the department is experienced from April to June when it reaches 40C, while the average minimum temperature between 12C to 25C is observed during November to March. The average elevation of the department is 200m above the mean sea level.
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