After over 12 months of production and marketing of improved quality planting materials in the value chains of soy bean, maize, cassava, plantain and banana, IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) have embarked on yet another very “wise” process of improving the quality of the planting materials, improving production efficiency and encouraging large scale production called “MECHANIZED AGRICULTURE”.
IYA is planning to introduce into their system the effective use of Tractors, Trucks, Combine harvesters, Planters and many more. This, they believe will not only improve the total efficiency and productivity of the group but will do well in encouraging the youth “out there” into Agriculture which is the major goal (to reorient youth toward more productive engagement in agriculture) of the Agripreneurs.
IYA have targeted land extensification – projecting the hectarage of land to be cultivated to over 150ha in 2014, exploiting new production areas – including the value chains of fisheries and vegetables and many more. However, the use of machines they know can effectively actualize the former.