17th October 2013, Bhopal
The Ninth Session of Technical Committee of Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) was organized at Bhopal by Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE), Bhopal during (17-18 October 2013). The representatives from different countries made presentation on agricultural mechanization policy updates and sustainable agricultural technology innovations about each country.
In his inaugural address Mr. Zhao Bing, Chief, CSAM stressed on mutual exchange of prototypes and information dissemination among member countries of CSAM and creation of testing facilities in the CSAM region.
In her presentation on the work report of CSAM for 2013 and work plan for 2014, Ms. Ai Yuxin, Senior Expert, CSAM indicated that the secretariat support and related day-to-day operations of Asian and Pacific Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM) will be financed by CSAM.
In his presentation from India, Dr. C.R. Mehta, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Farm Implements and Machinery highlighted the need for popularisation of sustainable agricultural machinery to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) to mitigate the effect of climate change.
Earlier Dr. Pitam Chandra, Director, CIAE, Bhopal welcomed the guests. Dr. Pitam was elected the Chairperson and Mr. Chan Saruth, Director, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia Vice-Chair for the two-day session.
Later on representatives visited Agricultural Machinery Display Centre, Prototype Production Centre, Soybean Processing Unit and Energy Enclave of CIAE.
The session was attended by 15 representatives from 13 CSAM countries viz., Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.
CSAM, newly renamed from the United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery (UNAPCAEM), is a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) based in Beijing, China.
Mr. Zhao Bing proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE), Bhopal)