The NIAE was established in 1975 as the Nigerian Society of Agricultural Engineers, NSAE, with the following objectives:

•  To promote the science and art of engineering in Agriculture.

•  To encourage original research.

•  To foster and promote Agricultural Engineering education.

•  To advance in every possible way the standards of Agricultural Engineering.

•  To promote healthy interaction between members and allied professionals.

•  To encourage the enhancement of professional competence of its members.

In 1999, a merger of the NSAE with the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE occurred thus, the NSAE transformed into the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers, NIAE, a division of the NSE.

The Institution organizes annual conferences, which have transformed into an international event. Since 2003, the Institution also started an annual  public lecture series.

The Institution has a  journal, the Journal of Agricultural Engineering Technology, which is published biannually and a quarterly newsletter.

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