Soil Science has been taught at the University of Peradeniya since the inception of higher education in agriculture in 1948 and a fully-fledged Department dedicated to the discipline of soil science was established in 1986. Being the only Department having more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research in Soil Science in the higher education system in Sri Lanka, the Department is heavily involved with capacity building and providing consultancy and advisory services to regulatory and policy-making bodies of Sri Lanka. Soil Science discipline is taught at the core programs B.Sc. in Agricultural Technology and Management (Ag. Tech. & Mgt.) and B.Sc. in Animal Science and Fisheries as well as in the advanced module of Soil and Environment of Ag. Tech. & Mgt. degree. Courses of the core program for the B.Sc. in Ag. Tech. & Mgt. are designed to build up the knowledge progressively starting from Soil Formation to Soil Management. The advanced module in Soil and Environment is designed to address environmental issues providing in-depth knowledge on the soil as a natural resource and theoretical aspects that are essential to developing the technologies to accomplish sustainable land management. The department is also involved in teaching and academic administration of postgraduate degrees through the Board of Study in Soil Science at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture. The Department has a strong research culture and a number of research programs related to soil productivity and environmental quality aspects are being conducted. The laboratories of the department are well equipped with modern soil analytical equipment exposing undergraduate and postgraduate students to high-end technologies. The department also shares the facilities of the Soil Survey Laboratory and SRICANSOL, Resource Centre which was developed with the partnership of Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka.
Department academic staff had a very productive discussion with Dr. Latha Nagarajan, Agricultural Economist at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), and her team regarding the current issues in agriculture in Sri Lanka. The IFDC is an international, non-profit, public organization established in 1974, with a mission to combine innovative research on soil fertility technologies with markets and partnerships towards sustainable agricultural solutions for improved soil health, food security, and global livelihoods. Department agreed to collaborate with IFDC in future endeavors related to soil and fertilizer-related activities organized in Sri Lanka.Read More
The Soil and Environment advanced module majoring student Mr. Yohan Fernando won first place in the Mobile Journalism (MOJO) competition category, organized by the Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) and HELVITAS. The 3-minute video produced by Mr. Fernando on the impact of the fuel crisis on the fishing community in Negombo was awarded in this competition.Read More
Soil and Environment advanced module majoring students Ms. Hansika Lewkebandara and Mr. Yohan Fernando attended the 7th International Conference on Climate Change 2023 (ICCC 2023) which was held at the Taj Samudra hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February10-11, 2023.Read More
Published by the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
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