The four day annual meeting of Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC), Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests was held from 27-30 July 2015 at Khangma, Trashigang. The meeting was organized to review the progress for the fiscal year 2014-2015 and discuss the work plan for the planned period of 2015-2016.
The meeting apart from scheduled agenda discussed pertinent issues concerning spare parts, technical problems of farm machines, demonstration, procurement, research, safety measure, new farm mechanization technology, operator’s training, intervention of farm mechanization in School Agriculture Program and after sales services of post-harvest machines. Concerns were also raised on human resource management and development issues of technical staffs.
Unlike in the past, a daylong meeting also showcased technical presentations on slope maneuverability of power tiller K120, cheese pressing equipment, potato cultivation and the collection mechanism with use of tractor during harvesting, modification of hedge cutter for wheat, design and force calculation with cranking mechanism for rice maize compaction machine, raditional pangtse oil extraction and improved oil expelling process, technical report of the MS88 power tiller, combine harvester, operation test on service brake, awareness on safety features and safety pamphlet.
The participants include faculty members of Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic, Program Director and Research Officers from RNR-RDC Wengkhar, DAOs and Extension Officers from six eastern Dzongkhags, sections heads and Regional Managers of AMC and RAMC.
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