Farm machineries tested at AMC

1One of the mandates of the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) is to ensure the country has safe and efficient farm machinery for farmers.

The Agriculture Machinery Certification Section had tested 2 models of power tillers namely, Kubota and Yanmar as per the national standards endorsed at Bhutan Standard Bureau (BSB). The team had also tested oil expeller from Karma One Stop. The two models of reapers for harvesting of paddy from Sonam Dongphel and Farm Machinery Corporation Limited were also tested based on the Ministry endorsed standards which are under public review in BSB for national endorsement.

The machines which conform the standards shall be recommended for use through awareness programs. The machines that need changes shall be discussed privately with relevant enterprises.

AMC had just started this professional activity and shall work to ensure that safe and efficient machines in the country for farming operations are made available. After rigorous advocacy on the importance and need of such standards and tests, the private sector had shown positive move to involve AMC for test and recommendation. This activity received technical support of SFaMP-II, JICA project.

The management would like to request all agencies within the Ministry to involve AMC during the planning phase of purchasing a huge farm machinery to ensure standards.

-AMC, Paro

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