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Ceremony of the National Awards for Excellence in Agricultural Research Conducted on 25th August 2011 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

The National Awards for Excellence is an award scheme initiated by the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy for recognizing outstanding achievements in agricultural research, with the objective to encourage and motivate agricultural scientists towards achieving high standards of scientific research, to assist improve their career prospects and bestow recognition on outstanding contributions made towards advancement in national agricultural development.

The awards scheme takes into consideration research undertaken in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan scientists or by local institutions or where overseas research institutions are involved major part of the research work should have been conducted in a Sri Lankan institution for it to qualify for these awards.

The recipients who were presented with the awards at the Ceremony held on August 25, 2011 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, BMICH have to be definitely congratulated for their outstanding contributions to this country. The award winning team selected for the first place was for their outstanding contribution to the tea sector for understanding the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway in the tea plant and defense response to blister blight. The award winners selected for the second place were in recognition of their remarkable research performance on the development and application of virological research to enhance the agricultural productivity. The team of scientists selected for the third place was in recognition of their contribution on the development of a soil database for sustainable land management of intermediate zone.

SLCARP will ensure in future that due recognition and timely awarding of the certificates to the selected scientists takes place as a means of appreciating and valuing their contributions to the agriculture sector.

Dr. Shanika Jayasekera
Senior Scientist SLCARP

CARP enters into milestone MOU with Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC)

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh signed five Memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on agriculture, education, live-stock, information, and com-merce cooperation during the official visit of HE Mahinda Rajapakse, Presi-dent of Sri Lanka to Bangla-desh in late April, 2011.
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