Workshop on Implications of Economic Policies on Agriculture Sector Performance of Sri Lanka
Workshop on Implications of Economic Policies on Agriculture Sector Performance of Sri Lanka was organized by the SLCARP National Committee on Socio-Economics and Policy Analysis on 26th November 2018 at CARP Secretariat. Welcome address was delivered by Dr. S D G Jayawardena, Chairman, SLCARP and a special address was delivered by Mr. K D S Ruwanchandra, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. Objective of the workshop was to find out economic policy implications on agricultural sector performance and it was explained by Dr. Fredrick Abeyratne, Member, SLCARP National Committee on Socio-Economics & Policy Analysis. Following presentations were lined up at the workshop.
- Review of Effectiveness of Overall National Policies on Agricultural Development by Mr. A R Wickramaratna, Director, Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs;
- Implications of Economic Policies on Agricultural Exports by Mr. Rizvi Zaheed, Chairman, National Agribusiness Council;
- Implications of Economic Policies on Domestic Food Crop Sector by Dr. R M Herath, Director, Socio-Economics & Planning Centre, Department of Agriculture;
- Private Sector Views on Conduciveness of Government Policies to Develop Agriculture Sector by Mr. Aruna Weerakoon, Chairman, Agro Culture Trends (Pvt.) Ltd. and
- The Necessity for Climate Change Resilience based Agricultural Sector Policies for 2050 by Dr. B V R. Punyawardena, Principal Scientist (Agro-climatology), Natural Resource Management Centre, Department of Agriculture.
Summary of conclusions was presented. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. J D H Wijewardena, Secretary, SLCARP. The workshop was attended by about 80 officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Scientists representing from all National Agricultural Research System, University Academia, private sector companies, Officers from the World Bank Projects, European Union and other foreign projects at Export Development Board.
National Committee on Floriculture Research
National Committee on Floriculture Research and Development was held on 11th October 2018. Two (02) NARP projects were evaluated. Organized National Symposium on Floriculture Research (NASFLOR) 2018 and it will be held on 09th Nov 2018. Two proceedings of NASFLOR and one book of Abstracts compiled.
National Committee on Livestock and Poultry
A Committee Meeting was held on 12th October 2018 to discuss activities for 2019. A Workshop on Efficient and Cost Effective Cattle Feeding will be organized by the National Committee in collaboration with the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH), Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) & National Engineering Research and Development (NERD) Centre. Tentative Programme isshown below.
National Committee on Socio-Economics and Policy analysis
A Committee Meeting was held on 20th September 2018 to review Progress of three Research Projects undertaken at the University of Sabaragamuwa, Department of Agriculture (Angunakolapellessa) and Department of Export Agriculture.
A Workshop on “How Macro Economic Policies Impact on Agriculture Development in Sri Lanka” is scheduled for 26th November (Monday) 2018 at CARP Secretariat. Tentative Programme is shown below.
"Where do we stand in Agricultural Biotechnology, compared to other countries and way forward"
The workshop on “ Where do we stand in Agricultural Biotechnology in other Countries in the region & Way forward”, organized by Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, held on 27th September 2018, About 48 participants including scientists of National Agricultural Research System, University Academia, Private Sector and Policy Makers from different Ministries attended in the above mentioned workshop.
The Purpose of the Workshop is to provide a platform to explore initiatives and mechanisms of utilizing applying Biotechnology tools for enhancing agricultural productivity and national food security based on our status on available human resources and facilities.
Committee Meeting & Research Progress National Committee on Socio- Economics and Policy Analysis
Committee Meeting & Research Progress Presentations of the National Committee on Socio- Economics and Policy Analysis was held on 20th September 2018. Committee Meeting was chaired by Dr. Fredrick Abeyratne. There were three Research projects being undertaken in 2017. Two of them are going to complete by the end of this year. Three presentations made by the Principal Investigators of these research projects. They are as follows. Adoption of recommended agronomic practices and farmers’ preferences in groundnut cultivation in Sri Lanka by Ms. N P Liyanage, Assistant Director (Ag. Econ) Grain Legumes and Oil Crops Research and Development Centre (GLORDC) at Angunakolapelessa.
Comparison of total eco system benefits of pepper (Genus Piper) mono crop with Inter cropping and mixed cropping systems of pepper with special reference to Kandian Forest Gardens by Ms. A P P Disna, Director (Regulation), Department of Export Agriculture (DEA), An Analysis of the Determinants of Consumer Buying Behavior relating to the Purchase of Organic Food in Urban Sri Lanka by Dr. S H P Malkanthi, Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Two terminal reports will be submitted to SLCARP at the end of December 2018.
Ornamental Fish Industry for 2030 was presented by Mr. E S Randika Fernando, President, Sri Lanka Live Tropical Fish Exporters’ Association. Costal Pollution & its Management Strategies for 2030 was presented by Dr. P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, MEPA followed by a discussion. Policy brief will be prepared by the National Committee. This workshop was attended by about 30 scientists in the field of Aquatic Resources.
Workshop on Aquatic Resources Sector for 2030
Workshop on Aquatic Resources Sector for 2030 was organized by the SLCARP National Committee on Aquatic Resources in Collaboration with National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) & Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) on 18th September 2018 at Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP). Dr. S D G Jayawardena, Chairman, SLCARP welcome the gathering and Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara, Chairman, SLCARP National Committee on Aquatic Resources explained the Objectives of the Workshop. Five important presentations were lined up in the programme. Fisheries Policy for 2030 was presented by Mr. N B M Ranathunga, Director General (Technical), Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development. Mr. Nimal Chandrarathne, Director General, NAQDA explained How to Meet Food Security and Income of People involved through Inland and Aquaculture Industry for 2030.
Sustainability of Marine Capture Fishery Sector for 2030 was presented by Dr. S S K Haputhanthri, Principal Scientist/Head, Marine Biology Division, NARA.
Progress in year 2018 of the Research Projects in Crop Improvement & Agronomy of the National Agriculture Research Plan (NARP) for January to June 2018 (First Half Yearly-2018)
The physical and the financial progress of NARP research projects in Agricultural Biotechnology were evaluated by the National Committee in Agricultural Biotechnology on 31 August 2018 at the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy.
Progress of the Research Projects in Agricultural Biotechnology of the National Agriculture Research Plan (NARP) for January to June 2018 (First Half Yearly-2018)
The physical and the financial progress of NARP research projects in Agricultural Biotechnology were evaluated by the National Committee in Agricultural Biotechnology on 27 August 2018 at the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy.
Progress of the Research Projects in Plant Protection of the National Agriculture Research Plan (NARP) for January to June 2018
The research and the financial progress of NARP research projects in plant protection were evaluated by the National Committee in Plant Protection on 17 July 2018 at the SLCARP