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Fruit Crops in Sri Lanka

Consultation on planting and development of fruit orchards

Fruit Crops in Sri Lanka

Research

Details about the researches that being carried out at our institute.

Research
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Development (Training)

Transfer the new technologies which are developed by the research divisions to the officers, Crop Farmers, Students & Entrepreneurs...

Research

Strategies – Selection and development of fruit crop varieties using both conventional and high tech breeding methods

Strategies-Revisiting and fine tuning of existing technologies and generation of new technologies for favorable and unfavorable fruit growing ecosystems

Strategies -Revisiting and fine tuning of existing technologies and generation of new plant protection technologies for fruit crops

Strategies – Revisiting and fine tuning of existing technologies and generation of new post-harvest and value addition technologies for fruit crops

Strategies – Timely supply of breeder seed and planting materials to SPMDC and others

Strategies – Use of communication approaches for the primary dissemination of fruit cultivation technologies

Promotion of commercial level fruit orchards

Encourage cottage level fruit industries

Technology

Technology and Services

Technologies and Services provided by our institute.

Services
  • Consultation on planting and development of fruit orchards.
  • Provide advisory service on production technologies on fruit crop cultivation.
  • Pest and disease diagnosis and advice on their managment in fruit crops.
  • Human recourses development through collaboration with government and non-government organization.
  • Supply of good quality planting materials of recommended fruit varieties.

Diagnostic & Other Services

About Diagnostic & Other Services...

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Fruit Crops in Sri Lanka

Consultation on planting and development of fruit orchards

Fruit Crops in Sri Lanka

Research

Details about the researches that being carried out at our institute.

Research
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Technology

Technology and Services

About Technologies and Services...

Diagnostic & Other Services

Development of new varieties of other field crops (Chilli, Onion, maize, Fingermillet, Cowpea, Blackgram, Soybean, Mungbean, Groundnut and Sesame) through breeding programmes.

Maintenance of all the recommended crop varieties while assuring their qualities.

Providing breeder seeds of recommended crop varieties to the Seed and Planting Material Development Centre for the production of basic seeds.

Those who interest can be engaged in hybrid seed production by applying through the Director. Selected producers should make an agreement with the institute. Required technological instructions and seeds of parental lines will be provided.

Providing technical recommendations through research to increase the quantity and quality of the yield of other food crops.

Suitable fertilizer recommendations are provided for the farmers who cultivating other food crops by testing the soil condition. Rs.290/= should be paid per one soil sample. Cooperation of agricultural instructors can be gained for this.

  • Publication of reports regarding the research done by the institute.
  • Distribution of booklets, handbills, magazines and DVDs including technological information by department outlets.
  • Providing practical knowledge to the farmers by conducting field days.
  • Organizing crop clinics to aware regarding the pests and disease problems and other field problems.
  • Promote the technologies through television, radio, newspapers and internet (www.doa.gov.lk)
  • Conducting lectures and training programmes for different groups including students and farmers.

Development (Training)

Transfer the new technologies which are developed by the research divisions to the officers, Crop Farmers, Students & Entrepreneurs...

We are

Fruit Crop Research and Development Istitute is one of crop research institute of Development of Agriculture,Ministry of Agriculture,Sri Lanka.It was first established as a Fruit Crop Research and Development Centre on 6th October 2001 at DOA farm at Kananwila.

Mission

Generation and primary dissemination of technologies to improve productivity, quality and the profitability of fruit farming.

History of FRDI
Fruit Crop Research and Development Istitute is one of crop research institute of Development of Agriculture,Ministry of Agriculture,Sri Lanka.It was first established as a Fruit Crop Research and Development Centre on 6th October 2001 at DOA farm at Kananwila.The Centre was administratively under Horticulture Research and Development Institute at this time.In 2013, It become the 4th crop institute of the department and mandatory responsibility was conducting research and development activities for the uplifting of the fruit crop sector in the country..... 

Divisions

There are Nine Divisions comes under FRDI, 
  1. Agronomy Division
  2. Soil Science Division
  3. Biotechnology Division
  4. Pathology Division
  5. Entomology Division
  6. Plant Breeding Division
  7. Socio Economics Division
  8. Farm Division
  9. Training Division

Sub Centers

There are Nine Sub Units comes under FRDI,  

  1. Fruit Crop Research & Development Station – Peradeniya
  2. Plant Virus Indexing Centre – Homagama
  3. Agricultural Research Station – Maduruketiya
  4. Agricultural Research Station – Muthukandiya
  5. Citrus Research Station – Bibile
  6. Rambutan Research Unit – Eraminigolla
  7. Natinal fruit Variety Consevation Center -Kundesale
  8. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development Center-Makandura
  9. Agriculture Research Station- Rahangala

We are

Fruit Crop Research and Development Istitute is one of crop research institute of Development of Agriculture,Ministry of Agriculture,Sri Lanka.It was first established as a Fruit Crop Research and Development Centre on 6th October 2001 at DOA farm at Kananwila.

 Mandate

Development and dissemination of appropriate technologies to increase commercial fruit production in the country and improve the living standard of farmers

Mission

Generation and primary dissemination of technologies to improve productivity, quality and the profitability of fruit farming.

History of FRDI
A wide range of tropical and some temperate fruit crops can be grown in Sri Lanka. There are about 55 fruit cultivars are present in the country. Some of them are cultivated while the others are in the wild and yet to be explored on domesticated. Total extent cultivated to fruit crops is estimated to be around 147,000 ha and the total annual production is about 647,000 mt. Cultivation of fruit crops is mainly confined either to home garden level or to non-commercial cultivations where a mixture of fruit trees are cultivated in small land holdings. However a few crops such as pineapple, banana and rambutan are being grown on medium scale commercial cultivation.
The potential for cultivating fruit crops for both domestic and export market is high. In year 2000 country exported about 6000mt of fresh and dried fruits. In contrast the country also imports a large quantity of fruits annually. In 2000 the total imports were 41000 mt to a value of rs. 1.2 billion. The major constraints that limit the expansion of the area and production are lack of technology, unavailability of suitable varieties, insufficient storage facilities during the glut, poor coordination between producers and processors and poor marketing system. However, there is an increasing interests over the past few years to cultivate fruit crops on a commercial scale and the potential for including them in different cropping system is high. The country has the natural resources to exploit to meet both emerging domestic and international market opportunities.
This has created a new demand for better varieties, improved technologies on production, harvesting and processing. In this cirecumstances the demand for quality planting material will automatically increase. Development of scientific and technological base that will permit exploitation of a available resources to improve this sector is essential. This clearlyshows that the fruit production in Sri Lanka will confront tremendous challenge over the comingyears. Considering the economic benefits that this sector can bring to the national economy the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Cooperative Development establishmed a separate research centre for research and development of fruit crops. The immediate challenge that the centre facing is to explot all available information and prepare a strategic plan for the future. The nature of future technological development and the task of assuring access to knowledge and technological advances are critical issues the centre will have to address. In developing technology and introducting them to farmers due considerations will have to be given to economic environmental and sociological consequences that this new sector can impose on existing production systems. In order for better economic performance good market mechnisms will have to be established and linkages between economic performance good market mechanisms will have to be established and linkages between producers and processors will have to be strengthened.
 
A wide range of tropical and some temperate fruit crops can be grown in Sri Lanka. There are about 55 fruit cultivars are present in the country. Some of them are cultivated while the others are in the wild and yet to be explored on domesticated. Total extent cultivated to fruit crops is estimated to be around 147,000 ha and the total annual production is about 647,000 mt. Cultivation of fruit crops is mainly confined either to home garden level or to non-commercial cultivations where a mixture of fruit trees are cultivated in small land holdings. However a few crops such as pineapple, banana and rambutan are being grown on medium scale commercial cultivation.
The potential for cultivating fruit crops for both domestic and export market is high. In year 2000 country exported about 6000mt of fresh and dried fruits. In contrast the country also imports a large quantity of fruits annually. In 2000 the total imports were 41000 mt to a value of rs. 1.2 billion. The major constraints that limit the expansion of the area and production are lack of technology, unavailability of suitable varieties, insufficient storage facilities during the glut, poor coordination between producers and processors and poor marketing system. However, there is an increasing interests over the past few years to cultivate fruit crops on a commercial scale and the potential for including them in different cropping system is high. The country has the natural resources to exploit to meet both emerging domestic and international market opportunities.
This has created a new demand for better varieties, improved technologies on production, harvesting and processing. In this cirecumstances the demand for quality planting material will automatically increase. Development of scientific and technological base that will permit exploitation of a available resources to improve this sector is essential. This clearlyshows that the fruit production in Sri Lanka will confront tremendous challenge over the comingyears. Considering the economic benefits that this sector can bring to the national economy the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Cooperative Development establishmed a separate research centre for research and development of fruit crops. The immediate challenge that the centre facing is to explot all available information and prepare a strategic plan for the future. The nature of future technological development and the task of assuring access to knowledge and technological advances are critical issues the centre will have to address. In developing technology and introducting them to farmers due considerations will have to be given to economic environmental and sociological consequences that this new sector can impose on existing production systems. In order for better economic performance good market mechnisms will have to be established and linkages between economic performance good market mechanisms will have to be established and linkages between producers and processors will have to be strengthened.
 

Divisions

There are Nine Divisions comes under FRDI, 
  1. Agronomy Division
  2. Soil Science Division
  3. Biotechnology Division
  4. Pathology Division
  5. Entomology Division
  6. Plant Breeding Division
  7. Socio Economics Division
  8. Farm Division
  9. Training Division

Sub Centers

  • There are Nine Sub Units comes under FRDI,  

    1. Fruit Crop Research & Development Station – Peradeniya
    2. Plant Virus Indexing Centre – Homagama
    3. Agricultural Research Station – Maduruketiya
    4. Agricultural Research Station – Muthukandiya
    5. Citrus Research Station – Bibile
    6. Rambutan Research Unit – Eraminigolla
    7. Natinal fruit Variety Consevation Center -Kundesale
    8. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development Center-Makandura
    9. Agriculture Research Station- Rahangala

Mandate

Development and dissemination of appropriate technologies to increase commercial fruit production in the country and improve the living standard of farmers

 

 

Goals

1. Increased productivity and profitability of fruit farming
2. Minimized seasonality thus avoiding gluts and lean periods in production
3. Increased the availability of quality produce for both local and export market
4. Resource conservation and eco-friendly vegetable farming
5. Minimized post-harvest losses and improved value addition

Objectives

1. To make available improved fruit varieties with farmer acceptance
2. To make available associated technologies for high productivity and profitability
3. To make available eco-friendly plant protection technologies
4. To minimize post-harvest losses and enhanced value addition
5. To assure availability of quality seeds and planning materials for stakeholders
6. To popularize and aware stakeholders on fruit crop related technologies

Mandate

 
Development and dissemination of appropriate technologies to increase commercial fruit production in the country and improve the living standard of farmers

Divisions

There are Thirteen Divisions comes under FRDI, 
  1. Agronomy Division
  2. Weed Science Division
  3. Soil Science Division
  4. Biotechnology Division
  5. Grain Quality Division
  6. Pathology Division
  7. Plant Breeding Division
  8. Water Management Division
  9. Sosio Economics Division
  10. Entomology Division
  11. Farm Division
  12. Training Division
  13. Physiology Division

Sub Units

There are Eight Sub Units comes under FRDI, 

  1. Fruit Crop Research & Development Station
  2. Plant Virus Indexing Centre – Homagama
  3. Agricultural Research Station – Maduruketiya
  4. Agricultural Research Station – Muthukandiya
  5. Citrus Research Station – Bibile
  6. Rambutan Research Unit – Eraminigolla
  7. Natinal fruit Variety Consevation Center -Kundesale
  8. Horticultural Research Farms – Abathanna

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