Back Ground

The Zambia College of Agriculture, Monze is one of the two Agricultural Colleges offering a two year certificate course in General Agriculture. The other is the Zambia College of Agriculture, Mpika, in Northern province of Zambia. The government of the republic of Zambia, through the Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperative runs both the Colleges.

MISSION STATEMENT

In an environment that ensures and guarantees the maximum development of student/participant potential and societal enrichment, the mission is “to provide qaulity agricultural training and consultancy in order to contribute to a sustainable and viable agricultural sector”.

Through the commercial activities and commercial farm, the College has created a competitive environment conducive to the intellectual, social and emotional development of students. The mission statement is fulfilled by a number of College objectives.

COLLEGE OBJECTIVES

v  To provide quality practical agricultural training to clients in general agriculture.

v  To provide systematic and continuous in-service training aimed at improving skills, knowledge and attitude of serving officers in the agricultural sector.

v  To establish and maintain a mixed farm which serves as a training laboratory to students and the farming community.

v  To provide an enabling environment for staff and student welfare, development and motivation

v  To initiate and maintain commercial ventures to supplement government funding

v  To produce and sell quality stockfeeds

LOCATION

Zambia College of Agriculture – Monze is situated 6km east of Monze Town, about a kilometere off the Monze-Chivuna road. Monze town is situated 200km south of Lusaka city and some 300km before the tourist town of Livingstone.

THE COLLEGE SETUP

The College is divided into two sections, the Pre-service and the In-service wings. The In-service wing is called the Center for In-Service & Continuing Education (CICE) and it is administered on a day to day basis by the Director and his/her staff.

The pre-serive section is divided into two academic departments namely:-

 v  Production Department ( Animal & Crop Production)

v  Support Services ( Engineering, Home Economics, Farm Management & Extension)

COLLEGE FACILITIES

The campus and academic facilities include;

The Farm
The College has a 650ha. farm with different livestock and crops. The farm is used as a laboratory for student practical training.

Recreation, study and service facilities
ZCA campus provides a comprehensive range of recreational and study facilities and services. These include: library, clinic, lecture rooms, on-campus accomodation; TV and video recreation rooms with DSTV; telephone, e-mail and internet facilities; sports facilities for badminton, football, netball, basketball, chess, tabletennis and volleyball; places for worship; tuckshop and student canteen, Clubs and Societies

 including the Student Union and Personal Tutors.

 

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Chronicles  - The Begining (1948)

Zambia College of Agriculture, Monze was opened in 1948 as Monze Agricultural Training School (MATS), administered then by the director of African Agriculture. The school was producing African Agricultural Assistants who would go out in the field advising African farmers, particularly the subsistence ones, on issues of Agriculture. At that time, the Monze Agricultural Training School was enrolling students at standard six (6) level.

The Big Leap: 1969 to 1989

In 1969, the courses offered at the College were up-graded to the current level where  Grade 12 school leavers are recruited directly from secondary schools. On completion of the course, in two years, the graduating students are awarded a Certificate in General Agriculture. These were absorbed by the department of Agricualture, where they served as Agricultural Assistants. (AAs)

Todate: 1990 to 2016

In 1990, the employing of graduating students was liberalised, meaning that graduating students were free to join the employer/organization of their own choosing. There was need therefore to change the curriculum to suit the needs of the new employers/orgnizations. As a results of this, the College is following the semester system instead of the term system and there are four semesters to complete the programme.