Faculty of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

Ms. R.M.S. Wijerathna

Probationary Lecturer

Official Address :

Department of Agricultural Extension,
Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka

Email :


Telephone :

+94 81 239 5520

Personal Website :

  • Msc. in Development Communication & Extension (Peradeniya), 2008
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics, (Peradeniya), 2012
  • B.Sc. Agriculture, (Peradeniya), 2004
  • FAO award (OSIRIS) at the "AGROFILM" International Film Festival 2007, Slovakia. (Script & direction of the video documentary on "Kithul Tree in Sri Lanka")
  • Second Best Research Paper at Twenty sixth Annual Congress of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2014)
  • Best Presentation award (session on agricultural Extension & education) at Twenty sixth Annual Congress of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2014)
  • Netherland Fellowship - Short course on "Multi-stakeholder Processes & Social Learning (2014)
  • VLIR scholarship, Belgium - Short course on "Production of Audio Visual Learning Materials" (2014)
  • Visiting Appointments2011- Academic Sub-Warden; Mahailluppallama Sub Campus, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya(2011)
  • 2005 - 2010 Program Assistant, Audio Visual Centre, Department of Agriculture
  • 2004 - Temporary Tutor, Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
Visiting Appointments
  • 2004 - to 2011: Visiting Lecturer (Rural Sociology, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Marketing) The Open University of Sri Lanka
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Agricultural Communication & Media Use
Books, Publications, Newspaper articles, Video productions (selection)
  • Interactive Multi Media CD ROM on home gardening (electronic publication), Audio visual Centre, Department of Agriculture
  • Regulations, Standards and Certification for Agricultural Export (FAO publication-Translation in to Sinhala)
  • The Wish-Conferring Tree, Sunday Observer National Newspaper 18th Nov 2007
  • Video Productions (script & direction) for SARRC Agricultural Information Centre in Bangladesh: "Kithul Tree in Sri Lanka", "Post- harvest Technology of Fruits", " Jak Tree in Sri Lanka"
  • Video Productions for national telecast by National Television Corporation, Sri Lanka (script, direction and presentation) :
    Mihikatha Dinuwoo - Success Stories of Farmers (2005-2010)
    Govibimata Arunalu - Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (2005- 2010)
Trainings /Workshops (selection)
    Workshop on documentary and short film making conducted by an award winning Indian film maker and trainer, Mr. K. hariharan, Director of the Prasad Film and TV academy, Chennai. ( in 2013 -5 days programme), Organized by Asian Film centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Workshop on Participatory Drama & Theatre of the Oppressed to Curb Gender Based Violence, (2013, 5 days programme). International training course conducted by Matteo Testino (Italy) & Nina Mocknick (Slovenia)
  • Radio Programme Production and Presentation Techniques course - (2007) conducted by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
  • Workshop on Presentation Technology - 2005 (5 day programme) conducted by the Audio Visual Centre of the Department of Agriculture, Sri lanka
Scientific Communications (selection)
  • Madhavi Wijerathna (2014 ) Factors Affecting the Discontinuation of Protected Agriculture in Sri Lanka. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. vol.9, no2: p.78-87
  • R.M.S.Wijerathna, H.V.A. Wickramasuriya and B. Marambe. (2014 ) Factors Predicting the Intention of Academics of Faculties of Agriculture of the State Universities in Sri Lanka to Engage in Outreach Activities. Proceedings of 26th Annual Congress of the Postgraduate Institute Agriculture.
  • R.M.S.Wijerathna and P.C.G.Bandaranayake. (2014) GM Foods: Knowledge, Awareness, and acceptance among Sri Lankans. Proceedings of the one health international conference. pp 57
  • K.M.V.V. Aberathna, M.Wijerathna, W.A.D.P. Wanigasundera (2014). Development of a Short Film on Chronic Kidney Disease to Sensitize Farming Community and General public. Peradeniya University International Research Sessions. pp79
  • S.M.S.P Kumara , M.Wijerathna (2014 ). Factors Associated with Farmers' Decision on Cultivation of Paddy Vs. Other Field Crops. (2014). Peradeniya University International Research Sessions. pp660.
  • Madhavi Wijerathna, Kumudu Perera and L.D.B. Suriyagoda (2013) Agricultural information need and the most popular sources of information of the farmers, , Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • R.M.S. Wijerathna ,W.A.D.P. Wanigasundera and J.Chandrasiri (2004), Development of a drama format for interactive communication with special reference to community development and livelihood improvement Project Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science