Farm Machinery Standards and Implementation Strategy Discussion

The participants were from MoAF, RSTA, BSB, FMCL and private sectors who are dealing in farm machinery sales in the country
The participants were from MoAF, RSTA, BSB, FMCL and private sectors who are dealing in farm machinery sales in the country

21 June 2017, Paro: An awareness and consultative discussion on Farm Machinery Standards and implementation strategy was officially opened by Hon’ble MoAF Lyonpo for at Paro today. The Director of Agriculture and a JICA office representative were also present. The programme was jointly organised by the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) and the JICA project under AMC.

Lyonpo stressed on the importance of standards in the country, without which we may land up becoming a dumping yard for cheap and unsafe machines. He also highlighted that it is for mutual benefit and private sectors should actively participate and test their new machines.

Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, also launched the Bhutan Standards Power Tillers- Basic Requirements- 2017
The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo also launched the Bhutan Standards Power Tillers- Basic Requirements- 2017

During the discussion AMC stressed that standards shall ensure mutual benefits to both who are dealing with farm machinery sale and also to the end users (farmers) who would benefit from the efficient and safe machines. AMC also presented how MoAF would support if machines are brought for testing. Most of the supports highlighted were genuinely wished for by the farm machinery enterprises. Its implementation framework for test and also the status of available standards and in pipelines were also presented.

At the end, the representative from the private sector thanked AMC and MoAF for coming up with this discussion which is geared to solve their problems and also of the farmers.

-AMC

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