Department of Agricultural Systems

Research Areas

MAPPING OF ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN SUSTAINABLE RICE PRODUCTION IN SRI LANKA

Rice production that reduces harm to the environment and consumers’ health while giving satisfactory yields are known as sustainable rice production (SRP) techniques. Organic rice farming, traditional rice cultivation and system of rice intensification (SRI) which are practiced in Sri Lanka are examples for such techniques. These techniques are age-old techniques which have been revamped at present in search of solutions for the environmental and human health threats.

Farmers in different regions in Sri Lanka are undergoing adoption and adaptations of these eco- friendly rice farming techniques with their own combinations. Some farmers are better practitioners of these techniques while some are getting rid of them due to different reasons. Various government, non-governmental and private organizations are involving in research and dissemination of environmental-friendly rice farming techniques and some implementation efforts in Sri Lanka at present.

An up-to-date and organized data base of these organizations is underprovided in Sri Lanka. Recognizing the timely need of such an data base, Department of Agricultural Systems of RUSL and OXFAM collaboratively worked and prepared a database of organizations (Click here to go to the database) which are working on environmental friendly rice farming and located in a Google Map,

which would be helpful for policy makers and implementers who are in need of investing on rice farming in Sri Lanka in future.

DATABASE OF FARMER ENGAGED IN SRP IN MAHA SEASON 2015/2016

Department of Agricultural Systems of RUSL and the Oxfam, Sri Lanka collaboratively worked on developing a baseline of farmer who were engaged in sustainable rice farming in Sri Lanka representing all the provinces. Altogether there were around 3000 farmers who have cultivated their rice with sustainable rice production techniques. For more information of farmers and their methods of cultivation and the acreage cultivated , please click here for farmer information.

PERCEPTION OF DIFFERENT STAKE HOLDERS IN SUSTAINABLE RICE FARMING

There are different stake holders who are contributing for the successful continuation for sustainable rice farming in Sri Lanka. Farmers, other practitioners, sellers, extentionists, researchers and consumers are among them.

TRAINER POOL OF SUSTAINABLE RICE FARMING

Training of farmers and training of trainers on sustainable rice production techniques is a timely need. There is an identified trainer pool where the needed service could be obtained. Please click here for more information.

OTHER RESEARCH AREAS

  • Agricultural Systems
  • Agro-ecotourism
  • Agroforestry systems management
  • Household food security systems
  • Conservation Agriculture
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Traditional technology in Sri Lankan Agriculture