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Education

In Sri Lanka agricultural education is a long-standing and well-established field of study. The Sri Lanka School of Agriculture, one of the first organizations established to deal with agricultural education, was founded in 1916 as the School of Tropical Agriculture, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya.

Agricultural education is primarily undertaken to prepare students for employment in the agricultural sector with a National Vocational Qualification. Agricultural education curriculum may include Crop Production, Horticulture, Soil Science,  Agricultural Mechanization, Food technology, Livestock Management, Plant Protection, Agricultural Economics & Extension as technical subjects. Further, Employability modules are included to develop the soft skills of the trainees.

As a vocational education program, agricultural education focuses on three major components:

  • Formal classroom instruction
  • Field practical programs
  • Career experience programs as an on the job / Industrial training

 Education division of the Department of Agriculture offer two Diploma Program as “Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Production Technology (NVQ Level 6/L6) and “National Diploma in Agricultural Production Technology(NVQ Level 5/L5).

 

Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Production Technology is a NVQ Level 06 program produce middle level managers in agriculture sector.

Overview
  • Program is a diploma program of two and half year duration.
  • It consist of 2 year Institutional training and 06 month industrial training (On the job training)
  • The institutional training conducts at schools of Agriculture as residential course and comprises 4 semesters, each of 20 weeks
  • The total program consists of 120 credits and one credit is equal to 25 hours.
Entry Requirements 

Applicants should have one of the followings:

  1. Should have obtained 03 passes at the G.C.E (A/L) Examination (New syllabus)in Bio Science stream at one sitting , two of which should be out of the following subjects: Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Biology and Physics
      1. OR
  2. G.C.E (A/L) with three passes in one sitting (New syllabus) in Bio Science stream two of which should be out of the following subjects: Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Biology and Physics.
      1. AND
  3. An ordinary pass for English and Mathematics at G.C.E. (O/L) Examination.

National Diploma in Agriculture Production Technology is a NVQ Level 05 program produce supervisory level technical officers to agriculture sector.

Overview
  • Program is a diploma program of one and half year duration.
  • The program comprises 1 year institutional training and 06 month On the Job training. 
  • The total program consists of 60 credits

The program Institutional training consists of two semesters of course work and one semesters of on the job training.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have one of the followings:

  1. Should have obtained 03 passes at the G.C.E (A/L) Examination (New syllabus)in Bio Science stream at one sitting , two of which should be out of the following subjects: Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Biology and Physics
    1. OR
  2. G.C.E (A/L) with three passes in one sitting (New syllabus) in Bio Science stream two of which should be out of the following subjects: Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Biology and Physics.
    1. AND
  3. An ordinary pass for English and Mathematics at G.C.E. (O/L) Examination.
Details of Agriculture Schools

 InstituteAddressTelephonePrincipalContact NoCourse
1Sri Lanka School of Agriculture- LabuduwaLabuduwa, Akmeemana.912234878Ms. M.P. Thamara711120250L5,L6
2Sri Lanka School of Agriculture- AngunukolapelessaAngunakolapelessa.472228299Mrs. C. Bangamuwage714422743L6
3Sri Lanka School of Agriculture - KarapinchaKarapincha, Kuruwita.452264546Ms. G.A.S.A. Tennakoon710751425L6
4Sri Lanka School of Agriculture-KundasaleKundasale.812420485Mr. B.M.A.P. Basnayake718476033L6
5Sri Lanka School of Agriculture-PelweheraPelwehara, Dambulla662284777Mr. H.M.U.A.G.J. Bandara718143826L6
6Sri Lanka School of Agriculture-WariyapolaWariyapola.372267399Mr. B.M. Thilakarathne718178205L5
7Sri Lanka School of Agriculture- BibileBibile.552265349Mrs. C.P. Perera712801813L5
8Sri Lanka School of Agriculture -AnuradhapuraPuliyankulam, Anuradhapura.252235042Mrs. K.V. Chandani718172274L5
9Sri Lanka School of Agriculture-PalamunaiPalamunai.672255275Mr. A.S.M. Harees776167907L5
10Sri Lanka School of Agriculture- VavuniyaA9 Road, Vavuniya.242222286 Mr. M.S.Rinoos770460608L6
11Sri Lanka School of Agriculture - ParanthanA09 Road, Paranthan, Killinochchi212280094Ms. S. Senthilkumaran7776868887L5

Training

Agricultural training division of the Department of Agriculture is a well-established system bridging the technology gap between researchers and the end users of the outcomes.

The main objectives of the trainings are empowerment of the participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes on the identified training need. The categories of the training programs are;

  • Capacity building programs for government officials or private sector organizations (CB)
  • National vocational Qualification (NVQ) training programs
  • Technology transfer programs for farmers & Entrepreneurs.

Training division of the Department of Agriculture offer following categories of Trainings  under 12 institutions.

Program Institutes
  • Fruit Production Technology
  • Vegetable Production Technology
  • Other field crop production technology
  • Micro irrigation and protected Agriculture
  • Bee keeping
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Food technology
  • Post- harvest technology
  • Pre-Seasonal Trainings
  • Extension Methodology
  • Training methodology
  • Scientific writing
  • Project Proposal Writing
  • Home Gardening
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Paddy Production Technology
In-service Training Institute, Gannoruwa
  • Fruit Production Technology
  • Other field crop production technology
  • Food technology
  • Post- harvest technology
  • Pre-Season Trainings
  • Home Gardening
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Paddy Production Technology
In-service Training Institute, Angunukolapellessa
  • Paddy Production Technology
Rice Research and Development Institute, Batalagoda
ProgramInstitutes
Plant Nursery Development Assistant (NVQ level 3/4)
  • In-service Training Institute, Angunukolapellessa
  • Horticulture Development & Training Institute, Bibila
  • DATC, Polonnaruwa
  • SOA, Wariyapola
Field Assistant in Agriculture (NVQ 4)
  • DATC, Weerawila
Landscape Development Assistant (NVQ  3/4 )
  • In-service Training Institute, GannoruwaSOA, Labuduwa
Entry Requirements and How to Apply
  • Minimum educational qualification; O/L 06 subjects with two credits in one sitting
  • Age limit; 18-35 years
  • Send an application to the Head of the institute
a) General Agriculture Training Programs – GA
ProgramInstitutes
  • Beekeeping
  • Mushroom Cultivation
  • Food Technology
  • Protected Agriculture
  • Micro Irrigation
  • Home Gardening
  • In-service Training Institute, Gannoruwa
  • In-service Training Institute, Angunukolapellessa
  • Horticulture Development & Training Institute, Bibila
  • DATC, Polonnaruwa, Weeravila, Wavinna
How to Apply
  • Send a written request to the Head of the institute
b) Farm Mechanization Training Programs – FM
ProgramInstitutes
  • Vocational training on operation and maintenance of four wheel tractors- 10 days
  • Operation and maintenance of four wheel tractors- 5 days
  • Operation and maintenance of two wheel tractors- 5 days
  • Operation and maintenance of water pumps-3 days
  • Operation and maintenance of sprayers-2 days
  • Operation and maintenance of harvesting , threshing machine and combine harvesters -2 days
  • Operation and maintenance of Power Trans Planter -3 days
  • Farm Mechanization Training Centre, Puliyankulama, Anuradhapura.
  • Repair of two wheel tractor (K75) engine and transmission system -10 days
  • Repair of water pumps-5 days
  • Repair of sprayers-5 days
  • Farm Mechanization Training Centre, Puliyankulama, Anuradhapura
How to ApplySubmit completed Application Form to the Head of the Institute
c) Paddy Production Technology – PA
ProgramInstitutes
  • Paddy Production Technology
  • Rice Research and Development Institute, Batalagoda
How to Apply

Applicants can send a request letter to the Director, Rice Research and Development Institute, Batalagoda, Ibbagamuwa. (With a completed application form which can be downloaded from the web)

More Details

Details of Agriculture Training Centre

 InstituteAddressTelephoneHead of the InstituteContact NoCourse
1In-service Training Institute, GannoruwaGannoruwa, Peradeniya 0812388146Mr. A.G. karunarathne Deputy Director of Agriculture 0759743016L3,L4,GA
2In-service Training Institute, Angunukolapelessa Angunukolapelessa0472228266Mr. R.A.G. Senarathne Deputy Director of Agriculture0718103579L3,L4,GA
3Farm Mechanization Training CentrePuliyankulama, Anuradhapura.02522224037Mrs. H.S. Senevirathne Deputy Director of Agriculture0771775650FM
4Sri Lanka School of Agriculture- LabuduwaLabuduwa, Akmeemana.0912234878Ms. M.P. Thamara Assistant Director of Agriculture0711120250L3,L4
5Sri Lanka School of Agriculture-WariyapolaWariyapola.0372267399Mr. B.M. Thilakarathne Assistant Director of Agriculture0718178205L3,L4,BK
6Sri Lanka School of Agriculture- BibileBibile.0552265349Mrs. C.P. Perera Deputy Director of Agriculture0712801813L3,L4
7Beekeeping Development UnitBindunuwewa, Bandarawela. 0572222537Mr. G.G.R. Wimukthi Assistant Director of Agriculture0772663196BK
8District Agriculture Training Centre - WeeravilaWeerawila New Town, Weerawila0472237021Mrs. N.C.R. Dias Assistant Director of Agriculture0713198287L3, L4
9District Agriculture Training Centre - WavinnaPolwaga Janapadaya, Ampara.0632051935Mr. H.T.S. Senadeera Farm Manager0718456105L3& 4
10District Agriculture Training Centre - PolonnaruwaPolonnaruwa0272222720Mrs. J.S.M.S.Samarakoon Menike Assistant Director of Agriculture0703515469L3&4
11District Agriculture Training Centre - AddalachchenaiAddalachchenai-Mr. M.I.Ziyath Farm Manager0760123602L3
12Rice Research and Development InstituteBatalagoda, Ibbagamuwa0372258561, 0372258562Mr. K. R. Thilakasiri Principal Agriculturists (Paddy)0714157605PA