NRDC is a public training institution under the Ministry of Agriculture. The college was established in 1965. It offers various programs of study as well as tailor-made short courses that can be conducted on request. The college offers Diploma courses underwritten by the University of Zambia. Duration of the courses is 3 years for both full time and Distance learning students. The College consists of 8 academic departments each representing specific area of agriculture and related disciplines. The College places considerable emphasis on practical training which enables students to undertake practical work in laboratories, engineering workshops, the College farm, as well as through industrial attachments.
NRDC has eight (8) academic departments. These represents the various academic specializations available at the college.
The departments are ;