The core purpose of this division
is to develop and apply agricultural engineering technology that will
contribute to higher yields, higher income and lower input costs for
agriculture and related industries in a sustainable way. The objectives
To create wealth and to eliminate
poverty in agriculture by increasing profits through the reduction of
input costs, increased production, improved product quality, and value
To develop and apply engineering technology for the sustainable utilisation and development of resources used in agriculture.
To promote and increase the efficient and sustainable utilisation of natural resources.
To protect, reclaim and restore deteriorated natural resources.
To develop human resources in the field of agricultural engineering technology.
the development, testing and evaluation of irrigation equipment in
world-class laboratories, in-field evaluations of irrigation systems,
improvement of existing designs, practices and established irrigation
methods as well as the rehabilitation of irrigation schemes.
and the development of technology related to soil conservation
structures, techniques and systems, environmental auditing and mine
rehabilitation, design and rehabilitation of dams and subsurface
drainage, water run-off control planning and soil conservation
the testing of tractor engine performance, research and development of
implements, development of mechanization systems, mechanization planning
regarding the use of suitable equipment, systems and techniques.
the designing, testing and development of farm structures, stores,
workshops, labour housing and appropriate animal housing/ handling
facilities, climate controlled plant production structures as well as
facilities for aquaculture development.
the development and evaluation of new methods and equipment as well as
engineering design and advice on aspects such as produce storage,
cooling, drying and handling facilities.
A variety of publications and manuals are
available to assist on decision making for on-farm practices. For more
The word "Engineer'
originates from the Latin word "Ingenium" which means "a good idea".
Other words like "genius" and "ingenuity" originates from this word. A
good idea together with science makes an Engineer.
In October 1995, the research component of the Chief
Directorate was transferred to the Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
and became the ARC-Institute for Agricultural Engineering [ARC-IAE] with
the aim to promote agricultural engineering technology in support of
the agricultural sector as well as to provide technical support to the
National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture [Read more...]
Focus is placed on all
needs of our modern day farmers in South Africa due to the need for
poverty alleviation and the role agriculture can play in this regard.
Emphasis is also placed on the needs of small-scale farmers.
development of small-scale farmer projects are thus addressed within
the Sustainable Rural Livelihoods projects. In these projects all the
necessary disciplines are integrated in specific projects to enhance
meaningful and sustainable development. An important aspect of this
programme is human capacity building.
The Institute comprises a
substantial capacity in terms of laboratories, instruments, support
workshops, library and computer infrastructure to be able to undertake a
wide range of agricultural engineering projects. The
Institute is regarded as the guardian of the science of Agricultural
Engineering in South Africa. The tractor and engine testing facility
complies with other world class facilities and is the only facility in
the world which is not on sea level but at an altitude of 1350 m, resembling the same conditions at which most of the South African tractors function. The
irrigation test laboratory consists of facilities to evaluate and test
sprinklers, micro-sprayers, drippers, filters, valves, flow meters and
fittings. These facilities are in many instances unique and can be
regarded as the best in the world. A field evaluation unit further
supports these laboratory facilities for localized tests.