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Agricultural Research Station - Seetha Eliya

Agricultural Research Station, Seetha Eliya comes under the purview of Horticultural Crop Research and Development Institute, Gannoruwa. Potatoes and temperate vegetables are the commodity research focus of this station. Plant breeding programmes of the station include potato and carrot breeding programmes for up country wet and intermediate zones. Enhancement of crop productivity is done through development of improved agronomic packages, use of good agricultural practices for the management of pest, disease and nutrients.  The centre is responsible in conducting national programs to uplift quality and amount of seed potato by providing in-vitro potato plants, rooted stem cutting plants and potato mini-tubers for pre-basic seed production for both private and public sectors.

Activities

  • Development of high yielding potato and carrot varieties locally.
  • Development of agricultural technology for consumption potato production, seed potato production and other up country vegetables like leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kohlrabi, beet etc.
  • Development and evaluation of effective pest and disease control measures for potato and other up country vegetables.
  • Evaluation of commercial potato and up country vegetable varieties for recommendation
  • Evaluation of new fungicide, insecticide and weedicide for potato and other up country vegetables.
  • Evaluation of fertilizers for potato and up country vegetables
  • Soil testing for potato bacterial wilt, nematodes and soil mineral NPK
  • Production of disease free in-vitro potato plants for pre-basic potato plant production.
  • Production of potato mini-tubers as planting material for basic potato seed production using aeroponic, hydroponic and geoponic systems
  • Farmers’ field inspection for field problems
  • Fertilizer recommendation for potato and up country vegetables according to soil analysis results
  • Dissemination of agricultural technologies to the field extension officers.

Research and Publications

Research and Publications of the Agriculture Research Station – Seetha Eliya

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Units

  1. Plant breeding and bio-technology division
  2. Agronomy division
  3. Plant pathology division
  4. Plant entomology division
  5. Soil science division

Released Technologies

Services

  • Recommendation of commercial potato and up country vegetable varieties for commercial cultivation
  • Screening of new fungicide, insecticide and weedicide for potato and other up country vegetables for recommendation.
  • Fertilizer testing for potato and up country vegetables
  • Soil testing for potato bacterial wilt, nematodes and soil mineral NPK
  • Supply of disease free in-vitro potato plants for pre-basic potato plant production.
  • supply of potato mini-tubers for basic seed potato production
  • Farmers’ field inspection for field problems
  • Fertilizer recommendation for potato and up country vegetables according to soil analysis results
  • Dissemination of agricultural technologies to the field extension officers.

OFFICERS IN THE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH STATION - (SEETHA ELIYA)

Dr.P.D. Abeythilakarathna

Deputy Director Research

Ms. C. Ranasinghe

Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research)

Ms. H.A.S.N.Hettiarachchi

Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research)

Ms. N.M.W.M. Bandara

Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research)

Ms. M.A.P. Mayakaduwa

Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research)

Ms. K. Pushpanji

Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research)

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