Students of Agricultural and Rural Management at Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU) in Sweden were on an exchange visit to Nigeria to explore areas of partnership with the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) in Ibadan between 18- 25 August, 2015.
The partnership which is part of IYA’s objective to gain momentum and upscale agriculture by providing jobs for young, well-educated persons in the agricultural sector is expected to widen the horizon of both groups on adoptable modern agronomic practices and mechanization.
During an interactive session between IYA and the SLU students on Thursday, August 20, 2015, the two groups shared their experience on agribusiness, mechanization, value addition and also challenges encountered by young agripreneurs in the agricultural sector.
Giving a background of IYA, a member of IYA, Evelyn Ohanwusi stated that members of the group have been able to increase their level of productivity and income through the various staple crops and value addition of their commodities. She also gave an insight of how each unit of the organization operate and complement each other’s effort across the agricultural value chain.
Stressing that agriculture although is very profitable, would be more fascinating to youth if modern technologies and mechanization are available and accessible.
Also giving a presentation of their activities, a representative of SLU, Richard Karlsson said after graduation from the institution, many of them become farm managers, advisor for banks, crop production, insurance etc.
He stated that the younger generation of farmers in Sweden has been able to make a difference in the agriculture sector through education and the use of modern farming technologies.
“Your network of knowledge in school gives you higher chances of income and profit when running your own field because you’ve learnt know what to do and how to do it better. Starting the farming business is not easy in Sweden as well because the machines are quite expensive. Getting a market for your produce is another challenge faced by farmers in Sweden too” he said.
The SLU students; Richard Karlsson, Kim Eriksson, Charlotta Ydren, and Christine Sanden who were accompanied by Prof Teun Dekker, Mr Torsten Horndahl, Larssson Jan from their institution also visited IYA fields and facilities and some other agribusiness enterprises within the South West metropolis of Nigeria during the visit.