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Services to be provided by the Organic Fertilizer Division

1. Co – ordination of Training Programmes on Compost Production and Use

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.

  1. Necessary instructions and technical   advice for organic fertilizer producers.
  2. Analysation of chemical composition in compost, soil, water and parts of plants.


Deputy Director (Research)
Regional  Agricultural Research and Development Centre.
Makandura, Gonawila. (North – West)

Tele No :   031 – 2299625

:   031 – 2299805


:   031 – 2299707

2. Registration of Organic Fertilizer Producers

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.

3. Upon the submission of the analytical report by crop producers to the Organic Fertilizer Division, necessary instructions are issued to improve their product.

4. Technical instructions are given to those interested in producing compost on commercial basis.

5. Co – ordination among compost producers, sellers and users for the benefit of each other.

Implementation of Oredr Under falling Trees(Control) Act


  • Permits should be obtained for falling of Jack, Bread Fruit and female Palmyra trees because yield (nuts) of those trees are used as daily food of human being.
  • The Divisional Secretary has authority to issue a permit for falling up to 03 of the above mentioned trees.
  • The District Secretary could issue a permit to fall 3 to 15 of those trees.
  • If the numbers of those trees are above 15 the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture could issue a permit on the recommendation of the Divisional Agriculture Committee and the District Secretary.

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.


  1. Given below are instance where permits are issued for falling, pruning or destroying of trees, the cutting of which are controlled by Falling of Act (Control) Act and the requirements to be fulfilled for confirming the same

      1. Trees in danger to the lives and property.Report obtained through a committee consisting of Environmental Officer, Grama Niladhari and AgriculturalResearch & Production Assistant.
      2. Trees, falling of which required by a Court Order.
        • Certified copy of the Court Order
        • Ruling of the Samatha Mandalaya not applicable.
      3. Trees hampering Government's development programme
        • Project report relating to the development programme.
        • Report issued by a Committee consisting of Environmental Officer, Grama Niladhari and Agricultural Research & Production Assistant
      4. Trees stood in a inscribing manner against any construction work approved by the relevant authority view of landscape and size of the
        • Construction plan approved by the relevant authority
        • Report issued by a committee consisting of an Environment all Officer, Grama Niladhari and Agricultural Research and Production Assistant.
      5. Trees died under natural circumstances or trees having uprooted
        • Report obtained through a Committee consisting of ana Environmental Officer, Grama Niladharai and Agricultural Research and Production Assistant.
      6. Trees not bearing fruits due to over-aged or with diseases.
        • Report obtained through a Committee consisting of Environmental Officer, Grama Nildhari Agricultural Research & Production Assistant
      7. Trees required for obtaining timber to build by a land owner or his/her child for residential purposes as per construction plan approved by the relevant authority.
        • Construction plan approved by the relevant authority.
        • Having at least 02 more jack trees – either fruit gearing or exceeding 25 cm in circumference at the chest level in addition to trees expected to be cut down.
        • Report obtained from a committee consisting of Environmental Officer, Grama Nildhari and Agriculture Research and Production Assistant.
      8. Trees required for earning money to meet the expenses for treatment of a critical illness of the land owner or a member of his/her family or to face a similar distressing situation. (Max 03 trees)
        • Copies of documents confirming the distressing situation.
        • In addition to the trees expected to be cut down, having at least 03 more jack tress- fruit bearing grown up to the size exceeding 02 cm at the chest level.
        • Report obtained from a committee consisting of Environmental Officer, Grama Niladhari and Agriculture Research and Production Assistants.

Sustainable Agriculture Water Management Project (SAWMP)


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.

  • Increase yield by 2-3 fold
  • Water saving (nearly 50%)
  • Reduce inputs and labour cost (fertilizer, fuel and weeding)
  • Reduce price fluctuation of vegetables and other field crops by introducing off season cultivation
  • Saves time used for application of water, fertilizer and weeding

If a farmer wishes to obtain a Solar-powered drip irrigation system he/she should meet the following basic requirements.

  • be a dry zone farmer
  • owns more than 0.5 acres of land
  • has a well that could provide 6,000 - 7,000 liters of water per day
  • favorable relationship and good credibility with banks
  • be an innovative farmer

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.

Payment Procedure

Initial (Down) payment for installation
Grace period is 06 months

Rs. 10,000.00 (Samurdhi farmer)

Rs. 25,000.00 (Normal farmer)

Monthly Installments   

Rs. 3,665.00 (Samurdhi farmer)

Rs. 3,813.00 (Normal farmer)

 Number of installments  

120 (Samurdhi)

114 (Normal) 

Time period         

10 years 

Total system price    

Rs. 345,452.25

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

Soil Conservation Programme

  • Soil erosion has become a grave environmental and socio – economic problem. The soil erosion is caused by irregular and unsafe human activities, the ultimate results of which are silt depositing degradation, lowering of productivity and silt depositing in natural water – ways and irrigation tanks.
  • Therefore the Ministry of Agriculture has initiated various measures to at district level to educate the public, particularly the farmer community on the importance of soil conservation. They include conducting of training and demonstration programmes, providing instructions and supporting services.   

Beneficiaries of the project

    For all Sri Lankans including the farmer community.

Services provided to people under this project

  1. Assistance are provided under this for conservation of soil in land prone to soil erosion in the extent of ¼ acre to 1 acre.
  2. Instructions relating to the conservation method/methods to be adopted in accordance with the location of the land could be obtained from Divisional Agriculture Officer under the supervision of the District Director of Agriculture or Dy. District Director of Agriculture.
  3. Subsidies in various forms are given for undertaking soil conservation activities.
  4. In addition planting materials are provided under 50% farmer contribution for cultivation in soil conservated lands.

Further information in this regard may be obtained from the following instructions

  • Department of Agriculture
  • District Secretariat
  • Office of the District Director of Agriculture
  • Provincial Department of Agriculture
  • Office of the Deputy Provincial Director of Agriculture




Micro Water Supply Programme

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.


Selection of Formers for proving Micro Water Supply Systems

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

  • Having cultivation well or source from which water is available throughout the year.
  • Owning cultivation land ½ - 1 area in extent.
  • Being fulltime/ interested farmer.
  • Possibility of procuring agricultural inputs.
  • Protected houses are provided only to farmers engaged in protected house cultivation.
  • The farmer should agree to bear 50% contribution.


How to obtain application

Application may be obtained the Agriculture Instructor serving Agrarian Services area.


Farmer Contributoins

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/=)

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