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To encourage agricultural research. To foster and promote agricultural engineering education. To advance in every possible ways the standards of agricultural engineering. To promote the intercourse of agricultural engineers among its members and with allied technologies. To encourage the enhancement of professional competence of its members. Membership: Membership of the society is opened to those who have either undertaken or are undergoing a professional Agricultural Engineering Curriculum and others 11 P a g e who may not necessarily be Agricultural Engineers by training but who in the course of their employment or research have contributed or are contributing to the advancement of Agricultural Engineering.
Considering the benefits derivable from being a division under the umbrella organization for the engineering profession in Nigeria; a merger with the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE was, a formal merger agreement was signed on the 27th July between NSE and NSAE. The Institution organizes annual conferences, which have transformed into an international event. Since , the Institution also started an annual public lecture series. The Institution has a journal, the Journal of Agricultural Engineering Technology, which is published biannually and a quarterly newsletter.
Other notable professional organizations outside Nigeria include: Examples include: a. American society of agricultural and biological engineers www.
The Canadian society for bioengineering www. European society of agricultural engineers www. International commission of agricultural engineering www. It is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization regrouping, as a networking system, Regional and National Societies of Agricultural Engineering as well as private and public companies and individuals all over the world.
Farm power and machinery engineering FPME Farm power and machinery engineering is concerned with the development and utilization of power and machinery in agricultural production. This option is divided into farm power and farm machinery: Farm power deals with power generation and availability on the farm while machinery deals with other machine other than farm power for job delivery on the farm.
Anyone who has grown plants or worked with any of the sources of power in preparation of seedbed, planting, cultivating, irrigation, thinning etc. It is generally agreed that there will be some elements of drudgery to such tasks the farmer will strive to lessen the work to reduce drudgery. Progress was then made by the application of power-operated machinery.
Soil and water conservation engineering SWE Soil and water conservation engineering employs principles of engineering in solving soil and water management problems. The conservation of these vital resources implies utilization without waste so as to make possible a high level of production, which can be, continued indefinitely.
The agricultural engineers and other scientists have humorous duty in developing new practices that will permit storage in the soil profile of greater percentage of the available precipitation.
Design of effective level bench terrace system with special water catchments areas, tillage practices that modifies the soil surface configuration so as to refrain precipitation and reduce the total evaporation potential and surface evaporation control through the use of mulching and films are all challenges for engineers. Irrigation and drainage engineering Irrigation is defined as the application of water to land using means other than the natural rain, the purpose of which is to provide sufficient water for plant growth and productivity.
Irrigation is necessary to provide enough water to fill the deficit arising from the depletion of soil moisture from the combine action of two separate phenomena of evaporation and transpiration.
Land drainage deals with the control of water logging and soil salinization in agricultural lands. In flatlands, a first problem emerges if soil infiltration rates are low and rainfall or irrigation water stands on the ground surface in small depressions or at the edges of the irrigation basin.
This problem can be solved by leveling and smoothing the land and providing it with a uniform slope for excess water to flow through furrows or shallow ditches toward the surface drainage outlet.
Surface water is discharged into a collector drain through pipes to prevent the erosion of the open ditch bank. Post harvest systems engineering This deals with the processes and machines required to convert agricultural raw materials or products into finished consumer goods.
It involve, harvesting, transporting, handling, storage, processing and packaging 5. Farm structures and environmental engineering Farm structures include farmstead, settlements, animal houses, storage structures farm and allied products, machinery and processing equipment house etc.
These structures need specialized designs. Control of environmental factors, external and within in the structures, waste disposal systems, biogas generation etc are also involved. Operations and management of food processing machines such as rice mills, flourmills, vegetable oil processing outfits, beverages and biscuit manufacturing, bread and other confectioneries.
Wood products engineering This branch of engineering has not been fully developed in Nigeria educational curriculum. It involves the study of engineering properties of woods, composite products from wood and associated wood products processing; design of machines required for forestation projects, exploiting forestry products and management of 14 P a g e wood waste products.
This includes machines for planting, pruning, logging, transporting, milling, densification and other wood processing machines. Advancements is areas of agricultural engineering specialization Agricultural engineering have advanced in content to the extent that the scope had been widened to embrace various emerging technologies within the field and thus the following specialized categories have been identified: a.
Biological Bioresources engineering Biological engineering is one of the most rapidly growing sub-disciplines of agricultural engineering that applies engineering practice to problems and opportunities presented by living things and the natural environment. Areas of interest range from environmental protection and remediation, food and feed production, medicine and plant-based pharmaceuticals and packaging materials. Others may develop techniques and strategies for natural pest control and treatment of hazardous wastes, for composting, and for enzyme processing of biomass, food, feed, and waste b.
Agricultural and environmental engineering These engineers are equipped with expertise in agricultural and environmental works to better understand the complex mechanics of these resources, so that they can be used efficiently and without degradation. These engineers determine crop water requirements and design irrigation systems.
They are experts in agricultural hydrology principles, such as controlling drainage, and they implement ways to control soil erosion and study the environmental effects of sediment on stream quality. Natural resources engineers design, build, operate and maintain water control structures for reservoirs, floodways and channels. They also work on water treatment systems, wetlands protection, and other water issues. The outlook for employment in agricultural engineering and environmental technology continues to be very good.
There are more people consuming more food and agricultural products with more preparatory processing than ever before. This leads to a greater need for trained professionals to design environmentally sound production systems.
This means more jobs in service, sales, development and application of mechanical systems in agriculture and in protection and management of water, soil and air resources. Power systems and machinery design engineering These agricultural engineers focus on designing advanced equipment, making it more efficient and less demanding of our natural resources. They develop equipment for food processing, highly precise crop spraying, agricultural commodity and waste transport, and turf and landscape maintenance.
This is in addition to the tractors, tillage equipment, irrigation equipment, and harvest equipment that have done so much to reduce the drudgery of farming. Their work remains challenging as technology advances, production practices change and equipment manufacturers expand globally.
Structures and environmental engineering These agricultural engineers understand the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy environment for growing agricultural commodities and for the labourers who produce them. They also understand that our natural resources must not be diminished, in quality or availability, by agricultural operations. Toward these ends, these agricultural engineers are equipped with expertise in structures and environment to design animal housing, storage structures, and greenhouses, with ventilation systems, temperature and humidity controls, and structural strength appropriate for their climate and purpose.
They also devise better practices and systems for storing, recovering, reusing, and transporting waste products. Food and bioprocess engineering Food, fiber, and timber are only the beginning of a long list of products that benefit from efficient use of our natural resources. The list includes biomass fuels, biodegradable packaging materials, pharmaceutical and other products.
These engineers understand microbiological processes and use this expertise to develop useful products, to treat municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes, and to improve food safety. They are experts in pasteurization, sterilization, and irradiation, and in the packaging, transportation and storage of perishable products.
Food and processing agricultural engineers combine design expertise with manufacturing methods to develop economical and responsible processing solutions for the industry as well as look for ways to reduce waste by devising alternatives for treatment, disposal and utilization.
Information and electrical technologies engineering The application of information and electrical technologies in agriculture is very versatile. It is applied to virtually all the other sub-disciplines of agricultural engineering, from machinery design to soil testing to food quality and safety control. Geographic information systems, global positioning systems, machine instrumentation and controls, electro-magnetics, bio-informatics, bio-robotics, machine vision, sensors, spectroscopy are some of the exciting information and electrical technologies being developed and used today in agriculture and agro-based industry.
Forest engineering Agricultural engineers apply engineering principles to solve natural resource and environment problems in forest production systems and related manufacturing industries.
Engineering skills and expertise are needed to address problems related to equipment design and manufacturing, forest access systems design and construction; machine-soil interaction and erosion control; forest operations analysis and improvement; decision modeling; and wood product design and manufacturing. Forest engineers are involved in a full range of activities in natural resource management and forest production systems.
Energy engineering Energy is needed to power the machines, devices, and systems in our homes and workplaces. But many of the energy sources are nonrenewable and create undesirable byproducts. Agricultural engineers are at the forefront of the effort to identify and develop viable energy sources such as biomass, methane, and vegetable oil and to make these and other systems cleaner and more efficient. These engineers also develop energy conservation strategies to reduce costs and protect the environment, and they design traditional and alternative energy systems to meet the needs of agricultural operations.
Aquacultural engineering As natural fish supplies are threatened, agricultural engineers are needed to help design farm systems for raising fish and shellfish, as well as ornamental and bait fish.
They specialize in water quality, biotechnology, machinery, natural resources, feeding and ventilation systems, and sanitation. They seek ways to reduce pollution from aquacultural discharges, to reduce excess water use, and to improve farm systems. They also work with aquatic animal harvesting, sorting, and processing. Bioengineering and technology are covered, and the overview concludes with a section on environmental engineering.
The latter section covers changes in statutory regulations governing livestock units, developments in the handling of animal manure, the use of vegetable oils as substitutes for diesel fuel, lubricants and hydraulic fluids, and research related to crop protection.
Each section has been prepared by different specialists, so that it provides an authoritative account. The next part of the Yearbook concentrates on tractors. Five sections cover the significant events related to the availability and sales of tractors, engines and transmission units, types, hydraulics, and the consequences of design improvements for the driver. Six single-section chapters follow. These cover farm transport, tillage, seedbed preparation and sowing, plant protection-mainly weed control technology, application of mineral fertilizers, and irrigation systems.
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