Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CARP) was established on 22nd December, 1987 under the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Research with the enactment of the CARP Act No 47 of 1987. Since then CARP has been actively engaged in supporting agricultural research in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS). Among its mandated functions, the primary responsibility of CARP is to develop policies and strategies to strengthen research and development in the agricultural sector by creating a conductive environment in the NARS. The overall objective is to support agricultural development by fostering a vibrant and effective research system to generate appropriate technologies and thereby increase productivity and production, increase employment opportunities, make agriculture sustainable and thereby enhance social and economic development.
CARP activities are implemented by a few Committees. The main functions of the committees are to identify priority research areas, facilitate interaction through sharing of information on the respective fields, resolve constraints confronted in research and play a role in enhancing the activities of the respective committees. At present there are eleven committees: National Committee on Research Programmes and Projects (NCRPP), National Committee on Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (NCPBB), National Committee on Plant Protection (NCPP), National Committee on Post Harvest Technology, National Committee on Socio Economics and Policy Analysis (NCSEPA), National Committee on Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (NCLAF), National Committee on Floriculture Research and Development, National Committee on International Linkages and the Agricultural Information Network (AGRINET) advisory committee.