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 The AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY TESTING AND EVALUATION CENTER (AMTEC) was established in 1977 by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).This was in recognition for an official testing agency to promote a self- reliant agricultural machinery industry that would cater to the needs of the Filipino farmers.

AMTEC is administered by UPLB through the College of Engineering and Agro Industrial Technology (CEAT) with annual funding from DA until 1995. The annual bugetary allocation of AMTEC is now integrated in the annual budgetary appropriation of UPLB. This was done partly to make AMTEC independent of any government agency or non- government agency to ensure neutrality and objectivity in the conduct of test and evaluation of agricultural machinery.