Kasisi Agriculture Training Centre (KATC) has announced plans to open the country’s first oats processing centre in Lusaka’s Kasisi area.

The plant is scheduled to open in October will process 100 tons of oats, in the remaining quarter of the year.

KATC currently cultivates 50 hectares of wheat and 25 hectares of oats in Lusaka Kasisi area.

According to the promoters of the project this value addition process will see Zambia process its oats and sell the excess wheat to millers.

KACT grows commercial crops certified organic by ECOCERT South Africa which include barley, wheat, oats, soyabeans, sunflower, sunhemp, and open pollinated variety seed maize.

In addition, the Centre researches sustainable organic agriculture techniques, including indigenous, exotic, and new technologies.

The Centre’s collaborating partners include University of Zambia (UNZA), Mulungushi University (MU), Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI), University of Guelph, Canada; Edinburgh University, Scotland, James Hutton Institute, Scotland (JH) and Lancaster University, UK.