Community Based Learning (CBL) has been beneficial for undergraduate students of the Faculty of Agriculture, enabling them to gain a greater understanding of social issues and improve their problem-solving skills and ability to engage with and contribute to the community. CBL activities have also helped to foster more empathetic and socially responsible attitudes among the students. Building on the success of CBL, the Faculty of Agriculture has established a Community Development Unit to further enhance and expand its CBL initiatives. The unit will be responsible in bridging academic staff and students with community partners, establishing and sustaining a registry of community partners and identifying needs of the community partners that can be addressed by the students of the Faculty of Agriculture. As well initiating, sustaining, monitoring and evaluation of community based programs, conducting research on community based learning and community development, offering workshops, training programs and seminars to the communities on current issues using the resource base of the Faculty of Agriculture and liaison with various government, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders are other responsibilities of the unit.
‘Krushi’ -2023 Annual farmer training and exhibition organized by the first year students of the Faculty of Agriculture was held successfully at the Mahailuppallama Sub Campus on 19th of January 2023 as a community engagement and also as an academic event of the course EX 1101 Development Extension.
Prof. Sarath S. Kodithuwakku, the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture ,University of Peradeniya was the chief guest for the event. There were 21 exhibition stalls, including Correct harvesting technologies, farm budgeting, sprinkler and drip irrigation system, weed control in paddy cultivation, green house and hydroponic, coconut cultivation, gene technology, organic fertilizer production, agriculture information sources and communication method, new trends in agriculture and technology uses, tissue culture, bio-char, good agricultural practices, Food stall traditional ingredient, seed treatment, home gardening, nursery management, cattle feeding, chena cultivation, under utilized fruits and vegetables and a traditional food stall etc. giving a wider coverage to the subjects learn by students for the Agriculture Technology and management degree.
Prof. W.A.P. Weerakkody Senior Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, and Chairman of the National Institute of of Post Harvest Management conducted a session on protected agriculture to the participants. Around 500 participants including school children, farming community ,and government officials from the Agrarian Service Centres of Katiyawa and Ipalogama, Coconut Development Board participated at the event. Overall, the farmer training organized by agricultural undergraduates could have a positive impact on both farmers and the undergraduates as a whole, by helping to transfer knowledge, develop skills, build networks, increase capacity, and drive innovation.Read More
‘Kamatha 2023’ the cultural event for cultural understanding and to interact with the nearby farming community was held at the Mahailuppallama sub campus on 19th of January 2023. The event provided an opportunity for the students of the Faculty of Agriculture, students from Katiyawa Maha Vidyalaya, and members of the nearby farming community to come together and interact. The event featured beautiful performances by first-year undergraduate students from the Faculty of Agriculture, as well as students from Katiyawa Maha Vidyalaya and members of the farming community.
Through this event, an opportunity for the farming community and students to learn from each other about their respective cultures, traditions, and practices could be fulfilled. Also it served as a platform for building community and strengthening social connections between the farming community and students. This could help foster a sense of belonging and promote social cohesion among them.Read More
A noteworthy project that the Community Development Unit is a part of is the first "Nutrie Pool," a food bank initiative formed with the goal of improving the nutritional status and ensuring food security of a group of garment sector employees in the Udupussellawa area. On August 26, 2022, the project was launched at the premises of Aburnet Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Dr. Anjuradha Jayaweera, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Agricultural Extension, Dr. Rasanjali Samarakoon, from the Department of Food Science and Technology, Mr. Sudath Nagashena, the Manager of Aburnet Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, and some other government representatives took part in the event.
The Nutrie Pool held its grand opening on April 7, 2023. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Prof. Sarath Kodithuwakku, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. Nandana galabada, the District Secretariat of Nuwara Eliya District, the Director of Education and the Assistant Director of Education, Walapane Division, Officials from Walapane Police Station, the Trading community of Walapane Division, and a lot of other parties all contributed to the success of the event.Read More
The Community Development Unit established a Community Reading Centre at Mahailuppallama Sub campus with donations of books and reading materials from the Main Library of University of Peradeniya and faculty members. The reading resources are open to the community, including school children.Read More