|Message of Hon. Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
I am most privileged to send this message to the web page of the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) which is under the purview of my Ministry.
I am in the opinion that SLCARP is in fact delivering its mandated functions of coordinating, guiding and managing agricultural research in Sri Lanka to the expectations of all stakeholders. It is also satisfying to note that SLCARP has been doing a great service to innovations by developing necessary human resources for the agriculture sector and bringing in public funding to generate cutting edge technologies for national development. This organization has also earned a reputation in the International arena of agricultural R&D Institutes and Associations.
While I recognize and appreciate the efforts of the scientists of SLCARP, I would like to state that at this moment Sri Lanka is at a turning point where transition is taking place from subsistence agriculture to value-added and market oriented system. In order to fully realize the potentials SLCARP should strive hard by effectively monitoring and guiding our research system by aligning research endeavors to our present and future development needs. Mahinda Chinthana–The Way Forward document clearly states that Sri Lanka should transform into a strategic global hub. Hence, it is necessary to increase the overall research and investments to a large scale and in this regard the SLCARP has definitely a pivotal role to play.
I appreciate and congratulate the management of SLCARP for their contributions to the agriculture research sector of this country and look forward to assist SLCARP in establishing herself as a center of excellence as an advisory body for directing agricultural R&D of my nation.
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
Minister of Agriculture
6 November, 2011