Agricultural machinery field demonstration at Agritechnica Asia Live

agritechnica asia liveAgritechnica Asia Live will be held from 29-30 November in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, providing a platform to foster sustainable agricultural mechanisation by demonstrating the use of up-to-date technologies in the regional cropping systems

The event will be hosted by the Agricultural Mechanisation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. Partners include the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Myanmar Rice Federation and the World Bank.

Contributing to 17.6 per cent of the country’s GDP and 60 per cent of the labour force, agriculture is the backbone of Myanmar’s economy. Due to the thriving machine rental market, falling equipment prices and better financing options, sales in almost all categories of agricultural machinery has increased during the last years.

Commenting on the importance of mechanised farming practices to boost Myanmar’s economy, Martin Gummert, senior scientist, leader mechanisation and postharvest cluster, IRRI, said, “Driven by labour shortage and intensification of rice production, the needs to mechanise the rice-based cropping systems and to upgrade rice value chains in Myanmar is huge.”

“The Agritechnica Asia Live is going to provide the opportunity for producers, processors, machinery contract service providers and value chain actors to learn about state of the art machinery and postharvest equipment that will make agricultural production more efficient, reduce cost, provide value-adding opportunities and lead to a more sustainable production systems while at the same time providing incentives for young people to stay engaged in agriculture as a career choice,” Gummert added.

Organised by VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific and DLG International, Agritechnica Asia Live will be presenting field demonstrations of agricultural machinery. Important agenda include:

· Live machinery demonstrations of different field operations for more than 1,000 progressive farmers and machinery operators from Myanmar

· Seminars with machinery operators, dealers, agricultural expert organisations and government representatives

· Several networking sessions on both days

Exhibitors profile include tractors, soil preparation, drilling and sowing, smart plant protection, precision fertiliser applications, irrigation, harvesting, logistics, grain processing and storage.

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