Faculty of Agriculture - University of Peradeniya

Analysis of Soil & Litter Samples of the National Forest Inventory

  • This project aims at analyzing the organic carbon content of soil and litter samples collected in the National Forest Inventory.
  • It is implemented by Prof. R.S. Dharmakeerthi and Dr. Duminda N. Vidana Gamage from the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya and the financial support is provided by the Department of Forest Conservation in 2020.

Consultancy for Preparation of Soil Organic Carbon Inventory and Maps for Sri Lanka

  • This conducts under the Global Environment Facility(GEF) support to UNCCD 2018 National Reporting Process, Umbrella ll Project.
  • It aims at generating a comprehensive database of soil organic carbon stocks of the surface soil through an extensive field sampling and analysis campaign while combining state-of-the-art digital soil mapping techniques.
  • The consultancy is implemented by Prof. W.A.U. Vitharana and Prof. R.S. Dharmakeerthi, Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in 2020, and it is administrated by the Agribusiness Centre. The finance support is provided by the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka

Fabrication and Installation of a Double Chamber Pyrolysis Unit for Mass Production of Bio-Char

  • The main objective of the study, ‘Fabrication and installation of a double chamber pyrolysis unit for mass production of bio-char from materials generated in coconut lands for research purposes’ is to develop a medium scale reactor to produce sufficient amount of good quality bio-char in bulk required for research purpose.
  • The project evaluates the performance and efficiencies of the pyrolyzer under field condition, and mass produce bio-char using Gliricidia stem cuttings/ king coconut shells.
  • The consultancy is led by Dr. A.K. Karunarathna and funded by the Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka.

Study on Trans Fat Content of Foods Available in Sri Lanka

  • This is a landscape study in collecting and compiling the trans-fat contents of the foods in Sri Lanka. This national level study's all the basic information pertaining to food trans-fats that enables to make policy decisions.
  • The project included collection of a wide range of food samples followed by chemical analysis of trans-fats.
  • Prof. T. Madhujith (Principal Investigator), Prof. D.C.K. Illeperuma, Prof. L.H.P. Gunaratne, Dr. W.M.P.B. Weerasinghe and Ms. S. Sivakanthan are the members of the project team. This is funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019.

Policy Research in the Area of Agricultural Land - Agriculture Sector Modernization Project (ASMP)

  • The project is aimed at reviewing the existing land and land related polices followed by GIS mapping and field surveys, to provide detailed policy directions.
  • This included review of relevant acts and ordinances, a series of meetings, comprehensive national survey and GIS mapping. The final report of the project has been submitted to the client.
  • Project team members are Prof. L.H.P. Gunaratne, Drs. D. Hemachandra, S. Weerasooriya, P. Korale Gedera, U. Vitharana, and J . Mohotti. This is funded by the World Bank through the Ministry of Agriculture in 2020.

Comprehensive Assessment to Establish a Decision Support Weather Advisory System for Dry Zone Farmers

  • This is dealt with developing a better agro-met advisory system for the Dry Zone farmers of the Sri Lanka. The task is accomplished and handed-over to the relevant government departments to continue the rest of the development.
  • The project included number of meetings with relevant government officials and surveys, FGDs with the extension officers and farmers. The final report has been submitted.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded the project and the team members are Prof. L.H.P. Gunaratne, Dr. D. Wickramasinghe, Dr. U.Dissanayake, Mr. Ananda Jayasinghe and Mr. Sarath Premalal.

AHEAD - Innovations Commercialization Enhancement (ICE) Project

  • The overall objective of the project is to commercialize the innovations developed by the Faculty of Agriculture as a solution to lack of introducing innovations from the academia into the commercial market. The project addresses the aim by introducing a set of objective driven action plans.
  • Action 1: Commercializing activities related to bio-fertilizer. This provides innovative support for greening the agriculture by addressing identified issues relating to dependence on imported inputs, environmental degradation and cost of cultivation.
  • Action 2: Fine-tune and commercialization of the innovations (i.e. bio-char pyrolyzer, tea leaf plucking machine and food technological products) that are developed at the Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Action 3: Facilitate the technological inventions at the Faculty of Agriculture through institutional strengthening.
  • Action 4: Develop innovative culture at the Faculty of Agriculture through rewarding inventions, guiding innovators for patenting, linking them with industries, and developing entrepreneurship.
  • The Coordinator of the project is Prof. L.H.P. Gunaratne and the Deputy Coordinator is Prof. W.A.P. Weerakkody.
  • This project was funded by the World Bank in 2018.

Consultancy Service to Develop Animal Units of Agro-Tech Park, Faculty of Technology, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka

  • The project was involved with designing of Animal Production Units of the Fac. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. It included providing consultancies for construction of Animal Units in the mentioned University. The task has been coordinated by Mr. M.B.P. Kumara Mahipala. It was funded by the Ministry of Higher Education (for South Eastern University of Sri Lanka) in 2019.

Environmental Assessment for Proposed Sanitation and Water Projects

  • This was a detailed assessment of the environment of selected project sites, tea estates in Nuwara Eliya District for implementing the Sanitation Advocacy Model which required expert opinion.
  • This was funded by World Vision Lanka and carried out by Dr. S. Pathmarajah and Dr. H.B. Nayakakorale.

New Marketing Options and Guidelines for Agro-Biodiversity and Food with High Nutritional Value Identified and Developed

  • The project is aimed at identifying the markets for BFN products and developing guidelines for conservation, production, utilization and commercialization.
  • The project group visited all the BFN sites followed by FGDs, KIIs and field surveys. Plans for conservation and utilization of BFN crops have been developed based on these aims.
  • The project is funded by UN Global Environment Facility through the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka.
  • Prof. L.H.P.Gunaratne (Team Leader), Prof. T.M. Madhujith, Drs. D. Hemachandra, P. Weligamage, and R.H.G.Ranil are the experts carried out this project since 2017.

Assessment on Local Food Production in Ganga Ihala Koralae and Walapane Divisional Secretariats

  • This was a detailed analysis which expected to generate both quantitative and qualitative information assessing the local food production in Ganga Ihala Korale and Walapane DS divisions to understand and document the baseline and background information on the area in identifying the development assistance needed to ensure that households and communities have access to the minimum dietary diversity.
  • This was funded by World Vision Lanka in 2017.

Pilot Programme on Rice Fortification

  • The project is carried out with the main objectives of knowing whether or not micronutrients in the fortified rice remained stable during the storage, how the target communities accepted and utilized it, and to explore possibilities of introducing fortified rice.
  • This was funded by the World Food Programme of UNDP in 2016 and the co-investigators are Prof. L.H.P. Gunaratne (Team Leader), Prof. M.T. Madhujith and Prof. D.A.N. Dharmasena.

Development of Evidence-based Interventions for the Present Environmental Degradation Issue in Kalpitiya Peninsula

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Multifunctional Landscapes for Food Security in Sri Lanka

  • This research was dealt with studying and reporting the multifunctional landscapes of food security in Sri Lanka. The activity was involved with field surveys together with FGDs. The final report of the project outcomes has been submitted.
  • The project was funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the principle investigator was Prof. D.V.P. Prasada.

Field Testing of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria (PGPB)

  • This research is carried out to field test the plant growth promoting property of bacteria identified of a decade of research, with the purpose of developing them for commercial application.
  • The objective is to introduce a crop management package with the application of PGPB to tea seedlings in the nursery stage to increase the resilience of tea crops to climate change and other biotic and abiotic stress factors.
  • The research is undertaken by Prof. W.A.J.M. De Costa in collaboration with Kahawatte Plantation Plc. and Dilmah Conservation Trust in 2018.

Awareness and Practices Regarding Food Safety in Dairy Products in Sri Lanka

  • The project is aimed at evaluating the food safety awareness and practices pertaining to the dairy products in Sri Lanka. This is involved a field survey where the project team has developed the questionnaire, and execution of the survey.
  • Development of the sampling plan, formation of the data collection instrument, field survey and report preparation are the services provided by the experts.
  • The project was funded by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2016.
  • The research is conducted by Prof. Jeevika Weerahewa (Team Leader), Dr. Pradeepa Korale-Gedara and Ms. Hasara Rathnasekara.

Data Collection and Analysis of Public Agricultural Research Investments and Human Resource Capacity of Sri Lanka

  • This involves collection of comprehensive data pertaining to public agricultural research expenditures and human resource capacity.
  • Visiting the research stations and conducting meetings are the main tasks of the research team.
  • Prof. Jeevika Weerahewa is the Team Leader of this 12 months project. This is funded by International Food Policy Research Institute.

Design of Fishing Contracts to Reduce Overexploitation of Sri Lankan Sea-Cucumber Fishery: A Management Scenario Analysis

  • The project was aimed at developing implications and recommendations pertaining to management of sea cucumber by developing new contract options.
  • The activity was involved with field visits to sea cucumber harvesting sites, followed by FGDs and field survey. The final report had been submitted and a book was released.
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain area Development (ICIMOD) had funded the project in 2018 and it was carried out by Professor. D.V.P. Prasada.

Balancing a Triple Threat: Divers’ Health, Collapse of Fishery, and the Vulnerability of Livelihood in the Artisanal Sea Cucumber Fishery in Sri Lanka

  • The overall focus is to assess the implications of health risk facing the divers and ecological risk facing fish stocks that higher market prices and unregulated value chains impose. The study aims to generate evidence that can manage health and ecological (stock level and biodiversity) risks arising from the perverse incentives present in the sea cucumber value chain.
  • The principal investigator of the project is Prof. D.V.P. Prasada and it is funded by Global Development Network (GDN).

Designing and Implementing Strategies to Reduce the Salt Levels in Bread and Bakery Products

  • The objectives of this project are to design a strategic approach to reduce salt levels in bread and bakery products while maintaining the required parameters inclusive of setting salt targets based on global evidence and designing the stepwise approach to reach the targets and to develop policy brief(s) with a scientific justification to advocate policy makers of the health and food industry, restaurant owners and chefs.
  • Further, it provides food processing directions and manuals and plans for training sessions to reach the reduced salt level targets.
  • This is funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2021 and carried out by Dr. B.E.P. Mendis from the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Consultancy Service on Repairing Dehumidifiers

  • The objective of this consultancy is to inspect dehumidifiers and repairing to bring them back to proper operation.
  • This project is carried out by Prof. K. S .P. Amaratunga from the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • The client is Plant Genetic Resources Centre (PGRC), Gannoruwa.