The Nyagatare district leadership has vowed to expand agriculture mechanization and
hillside irrigation as well as livestock modernization in a bid to achieve self-reliance for sustainable development.
The vow was made during the ongoing 2012-2013 districts Imihigo evaluation taking place around the country.
In Nyagatare, out of 17 imihigo under the objective of increased agriculture, livestock production, productivity and value addition, seven of them are related to livestock (small animals and cattle) production and product improved.
Under this output, 1,105 cows were distributed to poor families, 3,544 cows were inseminated, activities for livestock watering system are ongoing, Nyagatare animal laboratory was rehabilitated and equipped.
Eight milk collection centers were transformed into dairy business centers, fencing and clearing of farms is ongoing, valley dams were constructed, over 90,000 cattle were vaccinated and 168 community animal health workers were trained and equipped.
In urbanization, old public lights were rehabilitated along 3.2kms in Nyagatare town, construction works for car park started and they are in progress, Rurenge Bridge was rehabilitated and various feeder roads were rehabilitated across the district.
According to Nyagatare lcal authorities, clean water was supplied to almost 30,000 people in Tabagwe, Karama and Matimba sectors and additional 2,372 households got connected to electricity.
Among major development projects that were started are; an integrated craft center and EPIC hotel as well as Nyagatare modern market to be constructed in Nyagatare town.
The district is said to have registered tremendous achievements during this period in improving access and use of quality health by construction of Gatebe and Shonga health posts, emergency ward at Nyagatare hospital and 48 percent of fertile women using modern family planning methods. 90 percent of the total population was covered with health insurance.
The scarcity of water across the district and the long dry season were highlighted as major challenges that hinder the district performance in areas of hygiene and sanitation, greening and beautification as well as biogas utilization and agriculture and livestock professionalization. However, efforts are underway to address this problem and projects have been initiated.