Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute
Purpose of establishing KATI
The purpose of this institution is to build the capacity and institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment in order to offer better technical advice to the farming community in the rural areas. KATI acts as a centre for offering various consultancy services related to agricultural development activities. The institution also provides in-service training to the agricultural extension staff and farmers. KATI was established to enable to produce enough extension staff to work with farmers in rural areas. The extension staffs are expected to provide advise to farmers, improve their farming skills and assist communities in developing their agricultural development plans.
In October 2007 the government had announced the commencement of KATI Act No. 5 that apart from training gave the institution more functions such as conducting research, and commercial activities for the purpose of generating income in order to make the Institute more sustainable. The goal is to create reserve funds in order to meet future contingent liabilities.
To have an institute that is sustainable and capable of offering up to date ‘demand driven’ training on crop, livestock and natural resource management.
• To train men and women for the purpose of fulfilling manpower requirements in the agricultural sector (block extension officers)
• To prepare young men and women for self-employment
• To offer technical advisory services to farmers in the field through village outreach programmes
KATI training activities
The institution offers general agriculture certificate course focusing on the principles of crop production and animal husbandry and how to provide support to peasants. Initially the course duration was for three years but it was later reduced to two years. This was due to two main factors: i) high running cost and ii) changes to the curriculum.
KATI target group, curriculum and progressive route
The target group for KATI certificate training varies but students have to finish their ordinary level of education, passed key subjects of science and mathematics. Students who complete their certificate and advance level secondary education go to the mainland to pursue diploma courses in various specializations such as crop production, horticulture, human nutrition and animal production. The training programs also catesr for in-service students who need to upgrade their skills and knowledge. Before the establishment of KATI, students intending to study certificate courses had to travel to the mainland. KATI now is in the process of establishing diploma courses at various disciplines.