The mission is to develop a high-quality tertiary programme in agriculture at Kwadaso Agricultural College to train all levels of Agricultural Staff in Ghana and from other African Countries.
The vision of KAC is to provide a dynamic, flexible and demand-driven training programme for all levels of agricultural staff in Ghana and beyond.
BRIEF HISTORY OF KWADASO AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
The Kwadaso Agricultural College was establish in 1922 at Kumasi with structures provided by the Cadbury and Fry which was the major buyer of cocoa in the then Gold Coast. The College was established to train initially young school leavers in cocoa production. As a result of the need to increase food production for both soldiers and the civil public due to the 2nd World War the institution was expanded in 1946 to admit secondary school leavers to train in General Agriculture. The learners were employed as frontline staff or Agricultural Assistants of the then Department of Agriculture. In 1948 the Department of Agriculture acquired the land of the Central Agric Station from the Asantehene for Agricultural Research and Training. Structures were constructed for Soil and Crop Research as well as for training.
The College was therefore moved from what is now known as Cadbury Hall (the regional offices of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture) to its present site in 1952 and became the Kwadaso Agricultural Training Center. The College continued to train GCE/SSCE holders for a certificate in General Agriculture and all learners were employed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture until 1996 when the programme was reviewed to train the learners for the agricultural sector. The curriculum was subsequently reviewed to include subjects such as Non-Traditional Crops and automatic employment of learners by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture stopped.
In September 1999 a Diploma in Agricultural Extension Programme affiliated to the University of Cape-Coast was added to the certificate in General Agriculture as a result of a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) the Winrock International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in the USA and the University of Cape Coast. The Diploma in Agricultural Extension programme is meant for upgrading staff of MoFA as well as other private candidates both locals and foreign. In 2007 Kwadaso and Ohawu Agricultural Colleges started Diploma in General Agriculture in an attempt to phase out the certificate programme.
The certificate programme was completely phase out and successfully replaced with the Diploma in General Agriculture programme in June, 2009.This brings to focus two programmes currently running concurrently; Diploma in Agric Extension and Diploma in General Agriculture.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Kwadaso Agricultural College (KAC) is Ghana’s largest and Oldest Agricultural College established since 1922. As Principal of KAC, I invite you to become an ambassadors of this remarkable educational showcase that has grown immensely in it’s nearly eighty nine years of existence.
In 1922, KAC served an entire student body of 10 from Carbury Hall. Today, we have more than 250 students enrolled in 2 academic programs, with programs offered in affiliation with University of Cape Coast. The College boasts of more than 10,000 alumni.
The colleges’ sustained growth is due, in large part, to its exploration of alternative strategies in educating professionals and its commitment to excellence in academics, Extension training, community service, and well-rounded opportunities for all students. The essence of KAC is collaboration at all levels and with diverse partners.
As you pursue your studies at Kwadaso Agricultural College, you are welcomed as a member of the college community. Along with your membership to the College community comes many rights and responsibilities. This student handbook outlines these rights and responsibilities, colleges’ policies and procedures, and colleges resources.
We look forward to a lifelong partnership with you, our student. The entire KAC community is dedicated to providing service and academic excellence to you as you continue on the road to graduation and success.
Mr. K. F. KONTOR