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The 5th Training of Trainers of the Asian and Pacific Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM), 5-10 September 2019, Changsha, China

The Asian and Pacific Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM) is an initiative led by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of ESCAP that aims to harmonize testing standards for agricultural machinery in the Asia-Pacific region. The ANTAM Standard Codes promote the use of safe, efficient and environmentally sound agricultural machinery in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Alongside the development of the Codes, ANTAM promotes their application through trainings of engineers and experts from member countries participating in the network. The 5th Training of Trainers is being organized by CSAM in collaboration with the China Agricultural Machinery Testing Center (CAMTC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.

The training programme aims to provide an overview of international certification systems, including the ANTAM Codes, and best practices for quality control for testing facilities. Additionally, participants will tour testing facilities and participate in demonstrative tests. This year, the ANTAM Training of Trainers is organized back-to-back with the 5th Meeting of the ANTAM Technical Working Groups. TWG members and training participants will jointly visit an agricultural machinery exhibition and attend practical training and field testing on the implementation of the ANTAM Codes.

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The 5th Meeting of the Technical Working Groups of ANTAM, 10-12 September 2019, Changsha, China

The Asian and Pacific Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM) is an initiative led by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of ESCAP that aims to harmonize testing standards for agricultural machinery in the Asia-Pacific region. The ANTAM Standard Codes promote the use of safe, efficient and environmentally sound agricultural machinery in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Technical Working Groups of ANTAM are tasked to develop and review ANTAM standardized test Codes and provide technical support to ANTAM related work. Each TWG is composed of technical experts in the field of agricultural machinery testing and agricultural engineering nominated by participating member countries.

The 5th Meeting of the TWGs is expected to review and endorse an ANTAM draft quality manual, as well as the updated versions of the equipment list for ANTAM Codes for Power Tillers, Misters-Cum-Dusters and Paddy Transplanters. In addition, participants will be engaged in brief survey activities on matters pertinent to the operations and development of the Network, specifically regarding the adoption process at national level of the ANTAM certification and accreditation of testing stations. This year, the Meeting of the ANTAM TWGs is organized back-to-back with the ANTAM Training of Trainers. TWG members and training participants will visit an agricultural machinery exhibition and attend practical training and field testing on the implementation of the ANTAM Codes.


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The 6th Annual Meeting of ANTAM, 10-12 October 2019, Moscow, Russian Federation

The Asian and Pacific Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery (ANTAM) is an initiative led by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of ESCAP that aims to harmonize testing standards for agricultural machinery in the Asia-Pacific region. The ANTAM Standard Codes promote the use of safe, efficient and environmentally sound agricultural machinery in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The upcoming 6th Annual Meeting of ANTAM will be organized by CSAM in collaboration with the Association of Testing of Agriculture Machinery and Technology, and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.

The 6th Annual Meeting of ANTAM is expected to review and adopt the first version of the ANTAM Quality Manual, as well as the work report for 2019 and the work plan for 2020, and updated versions of the equipment list for the ANTAM Codes for Power Tillers, Misters-Cum-Dusters and Paddy Transplanters. In addition, participating members will discuss and make decisions on matters pertinent to the operations and development of the Network, specifically regarding the adoption at the national level of the ANTAM certification, accreditation of testing stations, and appointment of National Designated Authorities.


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5th ReCAMA Training and Study Tour for Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors, 28 October-3 November 2019, Qingdao, China

The Regional Council of Agricultural Machinery Associations (ReCAMA) was established by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 2014. ReCAMA aims to promote sustainable agricultural mechanization in Asia and the Pacific through strengthening the capacity of national agricultural machinery associations, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and information, and enhancing collaboration and closer business connections among national associations and their members.

The 5th ReCAMA Training and Study Tour for Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors will be held in China and will focus on climate-smart mechanization, whole value chain mechanization and horticulture mechanization in response to the demand previously expressed by network members. It aims to achieve the following objectives:
1) To improve the knowledge and capacity of the participants on climate-smart mechanization, whole value chain mechanization and horticulture mechanization;
2) To improve mutual understanding and business connections among the participants; and
3) To promote sustainable trade and investment in agricultural machinery in the Asia-Pacific region.
Expected participants include representatives of ReCAMA Member associations and their member enterprises from the Asia-Pacific region as well as other pertinent stakeholders from China and other countries.


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Integrated Straw Management Regional Study Tour in India, 7-10 November 2019, Ludhiana, India

The Study Tour will be co-organized by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), together with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on 7-10 November 2019 in Ludhiana, India to demonstrate practices and technologies used for management of crop residue by retention and incorporating into the soil through the use of appropriate mechanization in India. This is an initiative of the Pilot Project on Integrated Straw Management of CSAM. The expected outcomes of the Study Tour are: 1) to understand and learn from good practices and experiences on integrated straw management through sustainable agricultural mechanization from countries such as India; 2) to enhance knowledge sharing amongst current and potential partners of Pilot Projects on Integrated Straw Management as well as other interested countries, namely Cambodia, China, Nepal and Vietnam; 3) to promote innovation, regional collaboration and partnerships on integrated straw management. Around 10 participants from the current and potential pilot site teams in Cambodia, China, Nepal and Vietnam are expected to attend the event.

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The 5th Member Meeting of ReCAMA, 22-25 November 2019, Chitwan, Nepal

The Regional Council of Agricultural Machinery Associations (ReCAMA) was established by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 2014. ReCAMA aims to promote sustainable agricultural mechanization in Asia and the Pacific through strengthening the capacity of national agricultural machinery associations, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and information, and enhancing collaboration and closer business connections among national associations and their members.
The 5th Member Meeting of ReCAMA is expected to achieve the following objectives:
1) To review the outcomes of the two ReCAMA research papers commissioned in 2019 and discuss the focus of future research;
2) To review and endorse the work report of ReCAMA for 2019 and proposed work plan for 2020;
3) To review and approve participation of new member associations and applications of observers;
4) To discuss major administrative, financial and other matters related to the Network.
The 5th Member Meeting of ReCAMA will be co-organized by the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Nepal Agricultural Machinery Entrepreneurs’ Association (NAMEA).
Expected participants include representatives of ReCAMA member associations and their member enterprises from the Asia-Pacific region as well as other pertinent stakeholders from Nepal and other countries.


 

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