Awareness programmes on organic fertilizer production and use are held free of charge at the Regional Agricultural Research and Development Centre, of Makandura, which being the pioneering training center of the Organic Fertilizer Programme in the island. Anybody who is interested in organic fertilizer production could attend this training programme. These training programmes are organized by the centre upon requests by any institutions or organizations for the benefit of farmers, producers, school, children, teachers, state officials or NGOS. One day training covers all aspects of organic fertilizer production and utilization which includes the theoretical and practical training as well. Tea, lunch and a leaflet sets are provided to the participants free of charge. In addition to the training programmes, the following services are also provided.
Deputy Director (Research)
Regional Agricultural Research and Development Centre.
Makandura, Gonawila. (North – West)
|Tele No||: 031 – 2299625|
: 031 – 2299805
: 031 – 2299707
The Organic Fertilizer Division of the Ministry of Agriculture has taken action to register organic fertilizer producers throughout the island to encourage to make quality organic fertilizer.
Accordingly, it is expected to increase the organic fertilizer production, promoting the use of organic fertilizer to increase the efficiency of chemical fertilizer to obtain high yield.
In order to prevent causing in convenience to the general public by giving effect to the said Act and the order, it has been decided to enforce the following administrative measures to achieve the objectives under the falling of Trees (control) Act and the said order.
The project aims to increase farm productivity, raise farmers' income and improve the lives of rural farmer families living in the dry zones of Sri Lanka. The project was launched in year 2005 and 10,000 Solar-powered drip irrigation units (SDIU) have been provided to small scale farmers through 2 phases. Beneficiaries were small-scale farmers of which 2862 are samurdhi beneficiary farmers.
Five thousand units of Solar-powered Drip Irrigations systems were distributed among the farmers of the following districts in Phase-I during the period from 2005 to 2007.
|1. Ampara||6. Kegalle||11. Polonnaruwa|
|2. Anuradhapura||7. Kurunegala||12. Puttalam|
|3. Badulla||8. Mannar||13. Ratnapura|
|4. Hambantota||9. Matale||14. Trincomalee|
|5. Kandy||10. Monaragala|
Another 5000 systems were provided to dry zone farmers of following districts in phase-II in 2008.
|1. Ampara||7. Kilinochchi||13. Polonnaruwa|
|2. Anuradhapura||8. Kurunegala||14. Puttalam|
|3. Badulla||9. Mannar||15. Ratnapura|
|4. Batticaloa||10 . Mataler||16. Trincomalee|
|5. Hambanthota||11. Monaragala||17. Vavunia|
|6. Jaffna||12. Mullaittivu|
Popularization of low cost solar powered drip irrigation technology for efficient and sustainable management of water, soil and plant nutrients in water deficit areas (Dry zone and Intermediate zone).
Major Activities of the project
BP Solar, Australia supplied the Drip irrigation systems through its its local agent, Solar Solutions (pvt) Ltd. Installation and maintenance were done by Solar Solutions (pvt) Ltd. Technical team of the company provided demonstration and training to farmers on operation and maintenance of the system.
Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Solar Solutions (pvt) Ltd provides training to District Officers, Agriculture Instructors (AI) and farmers on operations and maintenance of drip irrigation systems and improved agriculture technology.
Benefits to Farmers
Farmers who effectively use and maintain the Solar-powered drip irrigations system will gain following benefits.
If a farmer wishes to obtain a Solar-powered drip irrigation system he/she should meet the following basic requirements.
Bp Solar is responsible for the technical and management aspects of the project, handling the design, manufacture, supply & installation of the Solar-powered drip irrigation systems. All maintenance activities were done by Solar Solutions (Pvt) Ltd within first 03 years after installation. Warranty period of the Solar Panel is 25 years.
|Initial (Down) payment for installation
Grace period is 06 months
Rs. 10,000.00 (Samurdhi farmer)
Rs. 25,000.00 (Normal farmer)
Rs. 3,665.00 (Samurdhi farmer)
Rs. 3,813.00 (Normal farmer)
|Number of installments||
Total system price
Farmers those who are willing to know about this project further please contact; Agriculture extension officers, Samurdhi bank manager, Samurdhi development officer, Agriculture instructors of your area or District Co-ordination officers of Agriculture, Divisional officers of the closer Agrarian Services Centre, Agriculture Research & Development Assistants in the area and Natural Resource Management unit (011- 2888929) in the Ministry of Agriculture
Beneficiaries of the project
For all Sri Lankans including the farmer community.
Services provided to people under this project
Further information in this regard may be obtained from the following instructions
This project is implemented with the objective of propagating drip and sprinkler water supply technology, fustigation technology, hybrid seed and advance nursery technology among farmers to increase fruit vegetable crop production in Dry and Intermediate zones in Sri Lanka.
The selection is made by the respective Agricultural Instructor thrash Developmental and Districts Heads of the Department of Agriculture. The following qualification should be fulfilled by farmers to be selected
Application may be obtained the Agriculture Instructor serving Agrarian Services area.
As micro Irrigation System consists of water pump, fitter, related accessories and ½ acre drip irrigation set, the beneficiary should pay the 50% contribution to the Director General of Agriculture. The amount payable depends on the price to be decided at end of the process of open quotation calling of the Government for the systems exclusive of the pump. The beneficiary contribution is use to procure the system.
The water pump, being part of the system should be procured by the beneficiary. If the beneficiary proved that he has obtained the pump within 03 months from the date of having the system, the value of the pump will be reduced up to the maximum of Rs.50, 000 from the farmer contribution. As the water pump is used other than operating drip irrigation system, it is more appropriate to buy the pump personally (the capacity of the pump should be within 2-4 of the atmosphere pressure. The market value of such pump is around Rs. 20,000 to 50,000/=)