The College of Agriculture at the University of Tripoli is holding the First Conference on Agricultural Engineering and Technology from December 27-28.
A member of the Media Committee of the conference, Ahmed Al-Hamali, said in an exclusive interview to Libya Herald that preparations have been completed to start the activities of the conference on the 27th and 28th, organized by the College of Agriculture and in collaboration with the Al-Namaa Agricultural Engineering Society, under the motto “agricultural engineering and technologies promising opportunities for agricultural production”.
The conference will be held in the presence of several agricultural experts, researchers and specialized university teachers.
Al-Hamali emphasized the importance of this conference to highlight scientific research and advanced technologies in the field of agriculture related to the development process, in addition to opening horizons for technical cooperation, training and exchange of experience between specialists, experts and local researchers to enhance the relevant scientific and research process.
Increased food production
He highlighted the College of Agriculture’s interest in developing the agricultural sector by contributing to the promotion of scientific research and the use of modern technologies that contribute to increasing production while protecting water, energy and the environment.
It also aims to open the door to cooperation with international research bodies dealing with agriculture and benefited from various specialized international organizations associated with agricultural research and research centers around the world, including Libya. He said Libya had previously cooperated with several specialized organizations and agricultural research centers and published scientific contributions.
Animal husbandry, fishing and recycling
Al-Hamali noted the conference’s interest in modern animal husbandry techniques, engineering of animal environments and fish farms, management of pens, poultry and fish hatcheries, feed and fodder production and waste recycling for environmental protection.
Al-Hamali believes that the conference comes at a time when the management of water and irrigation sources and the development and management of pastures in a scientific way have a major role to play in increasing agricultural and livestock production in Libya. This, he added, reflects positively on the local economy and limits the import of grain, fodder and meat from abroad and leads to self-sufficiency in these products. This can become an integrated strategic project that provides job opportunities for local and foreign labor, contributing to the diversification of income sources and becoming an attractive element for foreign investors.
Regarding the importance of organic farming, Al-Hamali said the conference will discuss codified agricultural techniques related to organic farming, soilless farming, environmentally friendly fertilizer use techniques and local irrigation. The mechanization of harvesting services and crop production will be discussed, in addition to discussing food and agricultural preservation techniques that can be profitable projects. Techniques for nutrient analysis, food safety and quality that have become important in an agricultural or food project will also be discussed