Historical background

Historical background
The department of Agricultural Education and Farmer Training operated as a branch under the Ministry of Agriculture for years since the 1950s. It was elevated to departmental level in 2004 when its span of control was expanded from the traditional seven to 14 agricultural colleges.
The department currently oversees fourteen colleges seven of which are being run in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment in the training of students at certificate level under an apprentice program which is fully funded by government. This became necessary in order for the department to meet with the increased demand of personnel by the Department of AGRITEX after the inception of the land reform program.