A workshop was conducted on operation and maintenance of agricultural machinery by the Department of Agricultural Engineering according to the request made by Mrs. Senthilkumaran, ADA/Principal, Sri Lanka School of Agriculture, Paranthan to meet the practical requirements of the course module, Operation and Maintenance of Agricultural Machinery’- I (A01T003M06), which comes under NVQ level 5 National Diploma in Agricultural Production Technology Program. The workshop was conducted for two days on the 29th and 30th of June 2022 with the participation of 26 students at the School of Agriculture, Paranthan.
The event was graced by the presence of the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr.S. Vasantharuba, Dr. N. Kannan, the Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Dr. P. Alvappillai, retired Senior Lecturer, Mr. M. Prabhaharan, Senior Lecturer and Nilupul Jayasuriya, Demonstrator. The resource persons, Dr. P. Alvappillai, Mr. M. Prabhaharan, Dr. N. Kannan, Nilupul Jayasuriya, were from the Department of Agricultural Engineering. The support and the guidance provided by Mr. S. Sritharan, Farm manager of Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna, are highly remarkable. This entire event was coordinated by Mr. Makeswaran Rajethan, Visiting Lecturer from the School of Agriculture, Paranthan with the help and support given by the workers and other staff members attached to the farm and the Department of Agricultural Engineering and the event was highly successful to meet the expectations of students. During two days of the training, students got the opportunity to refresh their theoretical knowledge related to the basic principles of farm machinery. Theoretical sessions were then followed by practical sessions conducted at machinery laboratory, cut model unit and farm workshop of the Department of Agricultural Engineering where students gained the practical knowledge related to engine spares, arrangement and working of basic systems present in farm machineries, identification of engine parts and field operation of two-wheel tractors and four-wheel tractors. It is an important activity of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture for the benefit of our community.