The Origin of BAC

Bukura Agricultural College is a State Corporation established by an Act of Parliament to provide middle level training in agriculture and related fields. The College started in 1974 as an Institute of Agriculture with 73 students following the recommendations of the Weir Commission of 1967 on Agricultural Education in Western Kenya. The Institute was later upgraded to a Diploma College in 1992. From 1992-2007 the College focussed on in-service training targeting staff mainly from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development. In 2007 the College opened its doors to secondary school leavers in response to the declining number of in-service trainees. 

To promote informal Agricultural Education and Training in Kenya, the Government has continued to strengthen agricultural extension services through the recruitment of qualified personnel and establishment of Agricultural Training Centres (ATC) in strategic parts of the country.  To augment Government efforts in the promotion of agricultural development, Bukura Agricultural College has been actively engaged in the training of frontline agricultural extension agents for both the public and the private sector in the 47 Counties. To date, the College has trained more than 6000 graduates. Furthermore, the College conducts outreach extension programmes targeting farming communities within its neighborhood. Through extension programmes farmers are taught modern methods of farming for improved agricultural productivity. 

 

Mandate

The Bukura Agricultural College Act of 1999 mandates the College to:

  1. Provide directly or in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning facilities for education in Agriculture and other auxiliary subjects through the integration of teaching, research and effective application of extension services;
  2. Participate in the discovery, transmission and preservation of knowledge in agriculture and other related fields;
  3. Conduct examinations for and grant diplomas and such academic awards as provided for in the statutes; and
  4. Co-operate with the government in the planned development of Agricultural Education. 

Mission
To Provide Quality Agricultural Education through Training, Innovations and Extension Services for Improved Agricultural Productivity and Livelihoods.

Vision

The Training Institution of choice in practical Agricultural Sciences. 

Motto
Training and Innovations for Improved Livelihoods.

Core values

In pursuit of its Mission and Vision and to perform its core functions, the College is guided by the following values, which define it culture:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Accountability;
  3. Efficiency and Responsiveness;
  4. Diversity;
  5. Innovation; and
  6. Commitment

Core Functions

The core functions of the college are to:

  1. Provide middle level training in agriculture and related fields;
  2. Conduct research; and
  3. Carry out Outreach and Extension Services.