The National Oil Seeds Research and Development Programme came into being in 1972 and has mandate to develop oilseeds. The programme currently runs activities in the following crops sunflower, castor, jatropha, safflower and sesame.
The main objectives of the National Oilseeds Research Programme are;
1. To contribute towards the attainment of self-sufficiency in oilseeds production with a view to export by providing crops that are suitable and acceptable for production by a wide range of farmers in Zambia.
2. To assist in the promotion of crops which can easily be processed in the areas of production and hence add value.
3. To continue looking and developing crops that will compete favourably both at local and international markets.