Training on Agricultural Mechanization in the Mid-hills for the Youth Farmers

A ten-day residential training on Agricultural Mechanization was held in Khumaltar from Chaitra 23, 2078 to Bishakh-02, 2079 (6-15 April 2022). The training was organized by National Agricultural Engineering Research Center, Khumaltar (NAERC) at Khumaltar. The main objective of the training was to increase the production and income of the farmers of the mid hills by enabling them to adopt the agricultural mechanization technology and enabling them to operate and maintenance and service the agricultural machineries. 17 farmers from five provinces and 12  mid hill districts participated in the training. Both theoretical and practical knowledge on appropriate agricultural engineering technology supporting agricultural mechanization were provided. The whole training was coordinated by Mr. Ganga Ram Bhandrai, Scientist S1 of the National Agricultural Engineering Research Center, Khumaltar.

A concluding cere4mony was organized on 15th April 2022 at Khumaltar. Dr. Shreemat Shrestha, principal scientist of the National Agricultural Engineering Research Center, Khumaltar welcomed the guest and participating farmers in the concluding ceremony and explained the main objective and knowledge and skills imparted during this. Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Mrs. Bina Basnet, a farmer representative, expressed her confidence  to utilize skills and techniques that she had learned from the training to modernize her farm. Mr. Purushottam Budhathoki, a participating farmer expressed that the training is very useful for him  to learn about the modern agricultural mechanization technologies. He said that the training was fruitful to enhance the skill about operation/repair and maintenance and increased the knowledge about agricultural mechanization. He will utilize the skills learnt during this training to teach his fellow farmers on the modern agricultural mechanization technologies and start repair and maintenance service of agricultural machineries in his village. Special Guest Dr. Revati Raman Poudel distributed the Repair maintenance tool and training manual to the participants and expressed his remarks about training. The principal scientist Dr. Ishwari Prassd Gautam also expressed the importance of training on his remarks. The chief guest of the concluding ceremony Dr. Dipak Bhandari, Executive Director of the National Agricultural Research Council distributed the certificates to the participating farmers and expressed his hope and belief that participating farmers would make a great contribution to the future of the country by reducing cost of production in agriculture. He said he was hopeful that this training would be able to help for commercialization in Nepalese agriculture and proper utilization of agricultural machineries. The ceremony  was chaired by the Dr. Hari Krishna Shrestha, Director of the National Agricultural Research Institute. He said that the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from this training will help to make a great contribution to Nepalese farmers reducing drudgery and cost of production by adopting agricultural mechanization technology.