Vegetable Seed Project

Vegetable Seed project


For improving a current self-sufficient rate of Other Field Crops (OFC) and vegetables in Sri Lanka, the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) put its national priority on increasing of food production as in “Mahinda Chintana: Vision for the Future”. Also, GOSL set  its own target as doubling production of certified vegetable seeds in “Mahinda Chintana: A Brighter Future in 2010”, through improving productivity and quality of domestic vegetable seed production under public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives.

In these circumstances, GOSL requested a technical cooperation project to the government of Japan through Japan International  Cooperation Agency (JICA) which aims to improve agricultural productivity and quality through development and disseminating  applicable production technology for farmers of qualified vegetable seeds.

The Project is implemented in the framework of JICA’s umbrella country program “Agriculture, fishery and rural development program”,  which main tackling issues are low productivity, lack of agricultural management technology of farmers, diversification of agricultural  products, participatory development.

This project aims to tackle the issue of agricultural productivity and diversification of agriculture and have high validity in Japan  cooperation strategy.


  1. Title of the Project

Project for Enhancement of Production System of Certified Vegetable Seed in Sri Lanka.

  1. Overall Goal

Availability and use of certified vegetable seed in the whole country is increased.

  1. Project Purpose

Production of certified vegetable seed in the target areas is increased.

  1. Outputs

(1) Planning capacity of Seed and Planting Materials Development Centre (SPMDC) for seed production and distribution is improved
(2) Production of basic and standard seed is increased.
(3) Certification process of vegetable seed is improved.
(4) Services by model Department of Agriculture (DOA) Sales Points and Agrarian Service Centres (ASC) are improved

  1. Activities

1-1. Conduct regular meetings and joint workshops between Government and private sector.
1-2. Conduct a marketing survey and review the current balance between production and distribution in the target area.
1-3. Discuss Maha and Yala programs for production and distribution of seeds in the target area with SPMDC.
1-4. Modify the Maha and Yala programs for the next season based on production and distribution analysis.

2-1. Review the present situation of hybrid, basic and standard seed production (including baseline survey)
2-2. Introduce appropriate equipment for seed production and up-grade the Seed Processing Unit in the Government Seed Farms based on 2-1.
2-3. Conduct training on quality hybrid, open pollinated and basic seed production for technical officers from the Government Seed Farms.
2-4. Develop a technical manual on standard seed production and for farmers.
2-5. Conduct training on certified standard seed production for technical and extension officers from the Government and private, and leading farmers using the technical manual (2-4).
2-6. Master trainers (extension officers and leader farmers) conduct training on standard seed production for present and potential contract farmers

3-1. Conduct an evaluation survey on the present activities and facilities in seed certification system, and develop an improvement plan.
3-2. Conduct training on seed technology ( field inspection and seed testing) for Seed Certification Services(SCS), SPMDC, Extension & Training Centre(ETC), and extension officers, and private sector staff.
3-3. Provide training for seed producing farmers to prepare quality seed.

4-1. Evaluate the present service for seed sales, provided by the DOA Sales Points and ASCs, and develop an improvement plan.
4-2. Develop a on better services for seed sales of DOA Sales Points and ASC’s based on the plan (4-1).
4-3. Disseminate the value of certified seed to customers (vegetable farmers) by the staff of DOA Sales Points and ASC’s.

  1. Input

(1) Input by JICA
(a) Dispatch of Experts
1) Long-term Expert: four persons (a. Chief Advisor/ Certified Seed Production System, b. Seed Testing, c. Seed Production/Seed sales, d. Project coordinator/Training).
2) Short-term Expert: seed testing (including field inspection), seed health, plant disease, farmers economy, farm management, market analysis, post harvesting technology for seed and others (if necessary).
(b) Training
Seed production / seed certification and others (in Japan/third countries).
(c) Machinery and Equipment
Necessary equipment for project activities (two vehicles, equipment for seed production, seed processing, seed testing, and etc.).
(d) Others
Cost for local consultants and local staffs

(2) Input by DOA
(a) Assignment of Personnel
1) Director General, DOA
2) Directors, SPMDC and SCPPC
3) Counterparts
4) Staffs in related government institutions (as needed, for example, Horticulture Research and Development Institute (HORDI), ASC staffs)
(b) Project office
Necessary facilities such as an electricity connection, furniture, Internet lines in the office space
(c) Facilities and equipment
Necessary training space, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools spare parts and any other necessary for the implementation of the Project other than one(s) provided by Japanese side
(d) Local cost
Necessary budget for the implementation of the project (ex. per diem and travel allowance for domestic training for Counterpart, electricity for project office, etc.)

  1. Target Areas and Beneficiaries

(1) Kundasale Government Seed Farm and ADA office territory
(2) Aluttharama Government Seed Farm and ADA office territory
(3) Maha Iluppallama Government Seed Farm and ADA office territory
(4) Nikaweratiya, ADA office territory

Expected project beneficiaries are to be DOA Staffs of SPMDC, Seed Certification and Plant Protection Centre (SCPPC), Government Seed Farms, Government and private contact farmers, member(s) of Seed Producers’ Association, staffs of Provincial Department of Agriculture, etc.

  1. Duration


24 JUNE 2013

Hello every one! My name is Junji Takahashi the chief advisor of VSP project. The VSP project has been implementing since mid. May 2012 after the arrival of three Japanese experts. As you see the outline of the project in this web site, we are here to assist Department of Agriculture (herein after ‛DoA’) to increase certified vegetable seeds of local varieties.

As all of you know, seeds are the most important input for agriculture. Without seeds you can’t cultivate crops (of course except propagated crops). Though you have seeds which are not in good state, you may not get a good harvest. The certified seeds are seeds which have a high germination rate, no mixture of other variety seeds and inert matters, and guaranteed by DoA. The use of certified seeds guarantees you a good harvest.

One year has passed since the project commencement, we are now conducting practical vegetable seed production trainings at Kundasale, Mahailuppallama and Aluttarama government seed farms. Almost 100 technical staff of DoA, private seed company technical staff and seed producing farmers are participating in the trainings. These kind of trainings are going to be conducted every season. We assume that these activities improve vegetable seed production techniques among participants. And it will lead to produce more high quality seeds.

The project conducts for five years till May 2017. We do hope many interested technical staff and farmers will be trained under the project and produce enough quality seeds for cultivation.

In this column, we’d like to inform you of our activities time to time. If you have any clarification or comments, please send it to us through e-mail.

Chief Advisor /Certified Seed Production System Expert
Dr. Junji Takahashi
May 2012 – Present

Seed Testing / Expert
Mr. Kimikazu Ishikawa
May 2012 – May 2014

Seed Production /Expert
Mr. Kyota Iizuka
May 2012 – Present

Project Coordination / Trainig Expert
Ms. Asano USUI
May 2013 – Present0

Ms. Vilasha Subashini Randeniya
November 2012 – Present

Local consultant
Dr. Sarath L. Weerasena
July 2013 – Present

Vegetable Seed Production Planning
Mr. Atsushi Suzuki
August 2012 – October 2012

Seed Health
Dr. Masatoshi Sato
December 2012 – January 2013

Plant Pathology
Dr. Hisatoshi Kaku
January 2013 – February 2013

Distribution and Sales
Mr. Nobuki Toyooka
July 2013 – September 2013


P.O.Box 74, Gannoruwa, Peradeniya
Seed Certification and Plant Protection Centre
Department of Agriculture

Telephone No.& Fax