The Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AENRI) was established in 1983 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Wealth, Fisheries and Land Reclamation under the auspices of the Agricultural research Center.
From 1983 to 1992, it was known as the Agricultural Mechanization Research Institute.|
In order to broaden its scope, the name was changed to the Agricultural Engineering Research Institute in 1992.
AENEI has been organized into several research and technology departments and also has centers for tractor and machinery testing serveces, rice mechanization and agricultural mechanization training.
AENRI Headquarters, Dokki, Giza
The institute headquarters cover an area of 6000 m. The premises house various administration and technical support facilities which include a library with over 2,000 publications, machine and fabrication shops, seminar and conference halls, etc.
The headquarters include a number of resaearch departments, such as Mechanization Economics, with an affiliated computer laboratory, Machinery design and Development with modem computer aided design facilities, Technology Transfer, Crop Handling and Processing.
Onfarm Irrigation, Field Crops Mechanization,
Animal Production Mechanization, and Horticultural Crops Mechanization.
It also includes offices of the different donor supported projects, such as the Small Farms Mechanization Project (SFMP) of the German agency for technical cooperation (Gesellschaft fur tcechniche Zusammenarbeit or GTZ), the Rice Mechanization Project (RMC) of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Agricultutral Mechanization Section of the Natioal Agricultural research Project (NARP).
1 - Rice Mechanization Center (RMC), Meet El-Deeba, Kafr El-Sheikh.
2 - Tractor and Machinery Testing Center (TMTC), Sabhia, Alexandria.
3 - Agricultural Mechanization Training Center (AMTC), Maamoura, Alexandria.
The main objective of AENRI
The main objective of AENRI is to assist in increasing agricultural production by inrtroducing appropriate mechanization technologies to end users with special focus on small and medium size farms.
Efforts towards achieving this objective have been concentrated in the following areas:
1 - Conducting applied research to encourage mechanized farm operations.
2 - Developing appropriate mechanization technologies and machines for local conditions.
3 - Transferring appropriate mechaniazation technologies to farmers.
4 - Promoting local production of machinery.
5 - Conducting on-farm irrigation research to optimize water use.
6 - Providing technical advice and consultancies to farmers and machinery manufacturers.
1 - The major focus of AENRI during the next years will be to solve field problems faced by farmers and to assist local manufacturers in initiating and improving new machinery in egypt.
2 - Special attention will be devoted to developing and adapting farm machines, such as cereal grain seeders, sugar beet cultivation equipment, and post
for fruits and vegetables.
3 - Attention will also be given to utilization of crop residues and agricultural waste products.
4 - Use of alternate sources of energy for drying and processing operations will also be investigated.
5 - In the area of irrigation, primary attention will be devoted to developing irrigation practices for improving water use efficiency in surface and subsurface systems.
6 - Chemigation and fertigation techniques for various irrigation systems will be developed.
7 - The institute will train a number of machine users in the proper use and maintenance of agricultural machines.
8 - Buyers of farm machines will be informed about the performance and suitability of machines under Egyptian conditions through regular issuance of test and performance reports on equipment commercially available in the country.