On-Site Project Monitoring Fruit Research & Development Institute, Kananwila Horana
One of the mandatory functions of SLCARP is Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Projects conducted under the National Agricultural Research Plan. The Half Yearly Progress Monitoring is done in once in six months. In addition to that On-site Project Monitoring is done annualy.
On 13th November 2018, On-Site Project Monitoring was done on 3 Projectcs conducted at Fruit Research & Development Institute, Kananwila Horana. Monitoring team consisted two members of the National Committee on Crop Improvement & Agronomy ( NCCIA), namely Dr. J M Senevirathne, Director ( Special Research) at Department of Export Agriculture and Dr. P C Girihagama, Senior Scientist, Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy. The three projects and their progress is as follows;
1. Characterization of flowering behavior and floral biology of Belli (Aegle marmelos), Wax apple (Syzygium samarangense), Ceylon Olive (Elaeocarpu serratous), Soursop (Annona muricate), Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) for improvement of productivity and quality, Ms A G K M N Mangala, Fruit Research & Development Institute
Pollination behavior, stigma receptivity and pollen variability studies are in progress for Sapota, Veralu, Jambu. Pollination behavior, stigma receptivity and pollen variability studies are completed for Annona and the project progress is satisfactory.
2. Development of high yielding and good quality varietal hybrids of Pineapple, Ms I Kalubowila, Fruit Research & Development Institute.
Fifty seven old hybrids (Kew X Mauritius) were field evaluated and 3 promising hybrids were identified. From the new germplasm collection, 9 new crosses were done and 400 hybrid individuals made. They are maintaining in large pots in a plant house and evaluation is in progress. The progress of the project is extremely good.
3. Genetic Improvement and varietal development of mandarin through hybridization, Mr W D Lesly, Fruit Research & Development Institute.
Eleven parental materials (both maternal & Paternal) were identified and 200 crosses were made during 2018. From the initial crosses 300 individuals were planted in field. The progress of the project is satisfactory.