PALABANA AND MOCHIPAPA INSTITUTE
LDT since taking over the running of the Palabana Dairy Training Institute (PDTI) in Chongwe District of Lusaka, rehabilaitated the infrastructure and brought it to a level II Technical Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) Training Institution with the capacity of training up to 80 students per year. In addition, a new training centre was opnened at Mochipapa Research and Development Centre in Choma, to cater for Livestock Production trainees.
Starting in August 2007, a three year Diploma course in dairy Management was introduced at Palabana with 20 students, also six moths Craft Course started running as of January 2008.
LDT's training programmes are aimed at strengthening the capacity of rural communites to produce livestock and livestock products such as milk.The curricular of the Training centres have been reviewed to meet the needs of the livestock sub-sector. Palabana is the only Training centre in the country that offers taining in dairy production. The Training Institutes are recognised by TEVETA, the qualifications obatined from the institute are recognised nationally.
Apart from the certificate and diplama courses, the Training centres also offer short-term courses to meet the needs of small and medium scale farmers. The Centres also provide pratical training to students from the University of Zambia of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources Development College, Cooperative College and the Zambian Colleges of Agriculture.