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Conference Program

Grand Hall 202
AGRITECHNICA ASIA Conference Program
Date Time Topic Organizer
– Speaker
Grand Hall 202
CLAAS Technical Program
15 Mar
13.00-13.30 CLAAS Opening remark

-Dr. Jens Oeding is Regional President Asia with CLAAS.

It´s all about the cow -where silage quality starts. -Mr. Jörg Wesselmann -Product Manager Self Propelled Forage Harvester, CLAAS Global Sales -Germany
Precision Farming (one of the topic of Intelligent Technology for Sustainable Agriculture-CLAAS Machines). Mr. Benjamin Suchinda Punyaratabandhu Bhakdi, Regional Director of the CLAAS Global Sales GmbH
How technology help you make your farm profitable? Samuele Pecorari from Alpego, Italy.
Rice Seminar
16 Mar
10:00-17:00 Can mechanization bridge the way to sustainable rice production?

Precision application of fertilizer in rice

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Rice Crop Manager providing field-specific crop and nutrient management for increased yield and income

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International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA)

German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ)


Welcoming Representative of Thai Rice Department
10:00-10:20 Key note: The need to mechanize rice production

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– Dr. Bas Bouman, Director of RICE
1. Crop establishment
10:30-10:50 a. Laser leveling in small scale rice production – benefits from advanced technologies for resource poor farmers.

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– Caling Balingbing, Senior Associate Scientist, Agricultural Engineering, IRRI Philippines
10:50-11:10 b. Crop establishment – achievements in technology – Dr. James Quilty, Head Zeigler Experiment Station and Agronomist, IRRI Philippines
2. Climate change and Water saving
11:15-11:35 a. Rice and climate change – challenges in regions of Southeast Asia

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– Dr. Ole Sanders, Scientist, IRRI, Philippines
11:35-11:55 b. ICT tools to accelerate the adoption of water saving technologies

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– Dr. Sudhir Yadhav, Scientist, IRRI, Philippines
3. Crop management
12:00-12:20 a. The sustainable Rice Platform – Transforming the Rice Value Chain through engaging with the private sector

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Dr. Bas Bouman, RICE Director
12:20-12:40 b. Rice crop manager and precision application of nutrients

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Dr. Sudhir Yadhav, Scientist IRRI Philippines and Helmuth Lehner, Lehner GmbH
12:40-13:00     c. The fight against pests and insects – strategies in crop protection Dr. Thomas Jaekel, Chief Technical Advisor, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (SAS)
13:00-13:45 Break
4. Harvest and yield
13:50-14:10 a. Mechanization of rice harvest – lessons learned

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– Martin Gummert, Senior Scientist, IRRI Philippines
14:10-14:30 b. Preventing straw burning in the field – options for sustainable rice straw management

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– Dr. Nguyen Van Hung, Project Scientist, IRRI Philippines
5. Keeping the markets benefit
14:30-14:50 a. Enduring Rice Quality during Storage

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– Mr. Ralph Kolb, CEO FrigorTec
14:50-15:10 Small Coffee Break
15:30-15:50 b. Embodying and Internalizing Sustainability Standards in Rice Value Chains

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– Dr. Matty Demont, Senior Economist, IRRI Philippines
16:00-17:00 6. Discussion
Panel Discussion on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization & Presentation of ReCAMA Research Paper
17 Mar
13:30-14:00 Opening Ceremony
Welcome Address:
– Mr. Axel Wildner, Counsellor for Food & Agriculture, Embassy of Germany in Thailand
Opening Remarks:

– Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
– Ms. Li Yutong, Head, Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
– Ms. Waraporn Prompoj, Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture, Thailand

14:00-14:15 Group Photo
14:15-15:45 Panel 1 – Importance of Partnerships and Coordinated Regional Actions for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific

Moderator: Mr. Klaus Erdle, Head, International Crop Production Center, German Agriculture Society (DLG, Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft)

Keynote Presentation
– Enabling Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization Development in Asia and the Pacific through Regional Coordination and Standardization
– Mr. Anshuman Varma, Programme Officer, CSAM
Panel Discussion:
– What are some of the important regional or cross-border challenges that need to be addressed for sustainable agricultural mechanization in Asia and the Pacific?
– What are the potential collaborative regional actions to be pursued for addressing the challenges?
– How can regional institutions like CSAM further contribute to partnerships and coordinated regional actions?
Dr. Saruth Chan,
Dr. Surendra Singh,
Mr. Madhusudan Singh Basnyat,
Mr. Rohan Wijekoon,
Ms. Dinh Thi Tam
15:45-16:00 Tea Break
16:00-17:30 Panel 2 – Promoting Healthy and Prosperous Trade and Investment of Agricultural Machinery for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific Moderator:
Dr. Watcharapol Chayaprasert, Head, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University
Keynote Presentation:
– Findings of the ReCAMA Paper on Trade and Investment Policies of Agricultural Machinery in Selected Countries
– Mr. Lasantha Wickremesooriya, Lead Expert; Vice-President, Sri Lanka Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers and Suppliers Association
Panel Discussion:
– What are some of the important national level challenges that need to be addressed in your country?
– How can these challenges be overcome and what should be the role of governments, private sector and other stakeholders?
– How can trade in agricultural machinery better respond to the needs and demands of marginal and resource-poor farmers who make up the bulk of the farming community in the Asia-Pacific region?
– Dr. Sultan Ahmmed,
– Dr. Astu Unadi,
– Mr. Munir Ahmad,
– Mr. Lasantha Wickremesooriya,
– Ms. Dares Kittiyopas
17:30-18:00 Wrap up and Conclusion – Mr. Anshuman Varma
– Mr. Klaus Erdle

Thematic Forum

We are expecting a large number of visitors from all corners of Asia-Pacific for AGRITECHNICA ASIA 2017, who will be seeking information about the latest developments in agricultural machinery and equipment. Alongside the many displays and presentations on exhibitors‘ stands, we aim to offer visitors a wide range of expert forums discussing topical, relevant and also international subjects.

Within the DLG Forum we would like to address and discuss aspects of practical relevance from the fields of agriculture, development and plant production. With your assistance we are gathering topics, questions and subject matter from the international stage too that we can present with suitable speakers and discuss with the public at AGRITECHNICA ASIA.

In the Forum companies may organize a 50 minute forum by themselves. Forum spots are billed at USD 400.- plus value added tax (VAT). To make a binding booking, please use the registration form. The main topics will be i.a.: crop management, tillage, marketing and consulting. For further information please contact Dr. Klaus Erdle, K.Erdle(at)dlg.org.

Thematic Forum Program

DLG Forum, Hall EH 106 / A6
Date Time Topic Organizer
– Speaker
DLG Forum, Hall EH 106 / A6
16 Mar
11:00-12:00 Maschio Gaspardo in Asia, Achievements and Targets
Maschio Gaspardo – solutions for Thailand agriculture

– Alberto Rosso
– Sant Sittichod

12:00-13:00 Storage – a challenge in every region

– E. van Groenewoud

13:00-14:00 Open discussion with special guests


14:00-15:00 Indonesian Dairy Farming & Outlook for 2017

PIS Agro
– Djaja Wisman

16:00-17:00 Sustainable Coffee Agriculture Development

PIS Agro
– Djaja Wisman

17 Mar 11:00-12:00 Potential opportunities of crop rotations with paddy rice and dry crops, under the use of German agricultural technology in China / Jiangsu-Province

Sino-German Crop Production and Agrotechnology Demonstration Park
– Uli Sommerfeld

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Speaker Information

Conference speakers

Jörg Wesselmann

I am born and grown up on a small family farm and started my working life as a mechanic for agriculture machinery. After a University degree in mechanical engineering, I started working with CLAAS in 2008. Since 6 years, I am product manager for Self-Propelled Forage Harvester and working close together with international CLAAS sales team together. One part of the job as a product manager is the support, improvement and development of forage business worldwide. The challenge on the job is the different country requirements and terms of conditions for the harvesting and farm technology. For Example: the first steps in silage production with high performance technology in India versus the demand for high quality animal feed in the USA and Germany.

Benjamin Suchinda Punyaratabandhu Bhakdi

Regional Director, CLAAS Regional Center South East Asia Ltd. – The rapid development in South East Asia countries during the last decades has led to increasingly large scale and professional farming operations demanding high quality machinery and premium service. CLAAS provides state of art machinery and complete solutions for harvest of grains and biomass, forage harvest for the dairy industry, biomass residue management including sugar cane residue management and other large scale farming operations.

Dr. Li Yutong

Head of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Dr. Li has more than 24 years of working experience in the agricultural sector, particularly, in the areas of agricultural economics, food security, trade and investment gained in government, private sector and UN agencies. Prior to joining CSAM, Dr. Li has held the positions of Director of the General Affairs Division, Director of the Agricultural Trade Division, and the Liaison Officer for the Agricultural Trade Office in the Ministry of Agriculture, P.R. China. Dr. Li holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics Management from China Agricultural University, and her research interests include rural development, agricultural policy formulation, policy research and analysis, as well as international cooperation.

Lasantha Wickremesooriya

Current Vice President of the Agriculture and Machinery Manufacturers and Suppliers Association of Sri Lanka and Director of AgMasters (Pvt) Ltd. He is also the incumbent President of the Sri Lanka-China Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Lasantha obtained his Masters degree from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Jayewardenepura University, Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Planning and Strategic Management from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing, and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. Most recently he was awarded the certificate of completion on Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen, from the Harvard Business School, USA. Mr. Wickremesooriya is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a Fellow of the Association of Business Executives, UK.

Thematic forum speakers

Errol (E.) van Groenewoud

Chief Operational Officer at Omnivent since June 2014 and responsible for operations and commerce for the worldwide activities Omnivent. Is enthusiastic and likes to meet and work in other cultures and explain our company and added value in a practical and pragmatically method. He has a technical background and a bacholar degree in management. From 2011 to 2014 Chief Commerical Offiver and form 2009 to 2011 Export manager for S.E. Asia. Started in 1993 to 1996 as Enigeer for Omnivent in Russia, Kazachstan and Uzbekistan, main responsibility were installing (and training of local Kolchoz and Sovchoz agricultural teams) and commissioning of ventilation system and intake- and grading equipment and other mechanical equipment like planters, harvesters & tractors.