"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

Progress of the Research Project in Postharvest Technology and Human Nutrition of the National Agricultural Research Plan (NARP) for January to June 2018

The research and financial progress of the awarded NARP research projects in postharvest technology was evaluated by the National Committee in Postharvest Technology and Human Nutrition on 12 July 2018 at SLCARP

External Review 2018.03.16

Second half yearly progress monitoring -2017 of NARP Projects by National Committee on Crop Improvement and Agronomy. 14 Projects were evaluated and the Physical and Financial progress of the project were satisfactory good.

The project conducted by Mrs.Kalubovila under the NARP Programme has released a very good variety of passion fruit

Floriculture Committee Meeting 2018.03.23

Second Half Yearly Progress Monitoring -2018.04.20

Workshop on Writing quality Research Paper : tips& tricks

Delivering welcome address by Dr. Gerry Jayawardena, Chairman, Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy.

Teaching tips & tricks for doing Literature search at the Pre-writing session by Dr. A.U. Bandaranayake, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya

Teaching tips & tricks on Organize and present your analyzed data-tables, figs- At the prewriting session 02 by Dr. L.D.B. Suriyagoda, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya