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Zambia College of Agriculture - Mpika

College Background

Zambia college of agriculture in Mpika was opened in 1976.The college was initially offering a two year certificate programme until 2007 when a new three year Diploma programme in sustainable agriculture was introduced. The college also runs a two year parallel certificate programme for day scholars at Mpika farmers training centre. The college has also introduced a long distance programme for a diploma in sustainable agriculture.

 

Mission Statement

To provide suitably and adequately trained human resource in agriculture to meet the depends of the public and private sector.

Objectives

  • To provide competent human resource for the agriculture sector

  • To provide quality practical training opportunity to students

  • To provide opportunity for the students to demonstrate competence and understanding of agriculture skills through projects.

 

Student Graduation Profiles

From the time the college was opened in 1976 to 2009,the college has produced 415 female graduates and 2,099 male graduates.

 

Student Statistics

Certificate Programme

COURSE

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

1ST YEAR

65

39

104

2ND YEAR

44

28

72

TOTAL

109

67

176 

 

Diploma Programme 

COURSE

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

1ST YEAR

17

9

26

2ND  YEAR

10

7

17

3RD   YEAR

28

5

33

 

September Enrolment 2010

COURSE

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

1st year General Agriculture Certificate

72

32

 104

1st year Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture

20

10

30

Joining at second year – Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture

5

2

7

TOTAL

97

44

141

For the 2010 Zambia Agriculture and Commercial show whose theme is ‘sustainable development’, Zambia college of Agriculture - Mpika interpreted the theme in the following ways:

  • Through training of human resource in general agriculture and sustainable agriculture, prudent farming methods such as conservation farming is delivered to local farmers to improve their livelihood.

  • Equipping farmers with the knowledge of sustainable agriculture methods such as;
    • Retention of crop residues as opposed to the wide spread practice of burning
    • Encouraging farmers to plant nitrogen fixing leguminous plants such as Sesbania sesban, Leucaena tree species etc.
    • Practicing intercropping and crop rotation in order to bring back degraded soils back to life enabling farmers to farm on the same piece of land for generations without the need to migrate.
    • Protecting the soil through minimum tillage, mulching and cover crops such as sunhemp.
    • Regular supply of organic matter, green manure, compost unlike application of chemical fertilizers which are expensive for most local farmers
    • Making use of wonder plants such as moringa to feed dairy animals to improve on milk production and earn more money from milk sales thereby enhancing economic status of farmers.
    • Improved animal and crops husbandry practices for increased productivity
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