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Agriculture is a techno-social effort with people involved as farmers, extensionists, trainers, scientists, managers, and policy makers. The teaching, research and outreach work of the Department of Agricultural Extension focus on strengthening the ‘social’ aspects of agriculture to make it relevant and meet human needs. A separate department was established in 1995 realizing the increasing importance of agricultural extension as an academic discipline. This is the only department dealing solely with Agricultural Extension in the university system in Sri Lanka.

Agricultural extension courses are offered throughout the four years of the undergraduate degree programmes, especially the B.Sc. in Agricultural Technology and Management. The Department also teaches students in the Animal Science & Fisheries, and Food Science & Technology degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Agriculture. A variety of courses are offered in different aspects of agricultural extension such as Agricultural Extension Education, Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Sociology, Organizational Management, Human Resource Management and Career Development. These courses are taught by staff members who have the expertise background of education and experience. The Department is closely linked with the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) through the Board of Study in Agricultural Extension. The academic staff of the Department is involved in conducting courses and also serve as research supervisors and examiners of PGIA students in their M.Sc., M.Phil. and PhD degrees. The students following the advanced module are provided many opportunities for by active involvement through activities such as farmer training by students, video production, field and organizational visits and outbound training.

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