Overcoming the Current Agriculture Crisis
Posted on October 27th, 2021

A group of university professors, lecturers, and senior officials in the field of agriculture

25th October, 2021

Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige
Secretary
Ministry of  Agriculture

Dear Sir,

Overcoming the Current Agriculture Crisis

We, as a senior group of agricultural researchers and academia, would be pleased to propose a course of action, which should be consistent with the Government’s vision for a healthy and green agriculture. We willingly became signatories to this letter  to propose solutions acceptable to all parties including the farmers, the majority of whom are relentlessly and adamantly demanding to continue with conventional agriculture as they know it.

You will appreciate that pursuing a goal of converting the country’s agriculture to 100% organic within a season or two is impossible as evident from the recent happenings and farmers’ revolt demanding for fertilizer and pesticides. We must note that the situation has been aggravated owing to the delays to meet the demand by way of organic and/or synthetic  chemical inputs in the requisite quantities.

While accepting the fact that His Excellency the President is not an expert in agriculture, but his vision for a toxin-free nation should be appreciated. Unfortunately, however, his advisors have not only failed to succinctly provide the requisite advice but also a strategy and a viable action plan at the ground level towards a ’healthy agriculture’.

 It is also evident from recent discourses that some of his close advisors are highly biased and ignorant of vital facts relating to our agriculture. At the same time, many senior officers appear to be non-committal and adopting a ‘save the skin’ attitude, virtually saying yes to everything to please the President.

Taking into account experiences of other countries’ achievements in promoting organic farming and the intrinsic potential of organic farming with the related current technologies, we would like to propose a course of action in agriculture that is consistent with the vision of the government and at the same time acceptable to farmers.

In this regard we  seek an audience with HE the President, and shall be pleased if you could arrange it.

Anticipating a favourable response from you,

Yours truly,

  Name Designation University
  Prof. D.K. N.G. Pushpakumara Senior Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. W.A.J.M. De Costa Senior Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. Devika M. De Costa Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. Buddhi Marambe Senior Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. Saman Dharmakeerthi Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. K.K.I.U. Arunakumara Senior Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. Nalika Ranathunge Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. Nilantha Lakshman Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. R.M.C.P. Rajapaksha Professor University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Warshi Dandeniya Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Mojith Ariyarathna Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Pradeep Gajanayake Senior Lecturer University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  Prof. Guttila Yugantha Jayasinghe Professor   University of Ruhuna
  Prof. Ganganee Chandima Samaraweera Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. G. Thirukkumaran Professor University of Jaffna
  Dr. W.M.W. Weerakoon Former DG of Agriculture Department of Agriculture
  Prof. Jeevika Weerahewa Senior Professor University of Peradeniya
  Dr.  H.M. Gunatillake Former Director, Environment And Safeguards Division Asian Development Bank, Philippines
  Dr. Anurudda Karunarathna Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Chammi Attanayake Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Prof. B.C. Walpola Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. W.A.U. Vitharana Professor University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Parakrama Waidyanatha Former Chairman Coconut Research Board
  Mr. Ajith Silva Former Additional Secretary Ministry of Environment
  Dr. E.R.J. Samarakoon Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Samantha Dissanayaka Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Nuwan De Silva Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Pradeepa Korale-Gedara Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Prasad Neelawala Senior  Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Mr. W.M.M.P. Hulugalla Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Ms. P.R.M.K. Fernando Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. J.M. Seneviratne Former Director Export Agricultural Research Station
  Prof. Sarath P. Nissanka Professor University of Peradeniya
  Mr. S. A. Arunapriya Former Addl. Secretary Ministry of Agriculture
  Prof. Venura Herath Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. Pradeepa Silva Senior Professor University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Avanthi Igalavithana Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Prof. S. Wijetunga Professor University of Ruhuna
  Ms. E. M. G. P. Hemachandra Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Prof. Indunil Pathirana Professor University of Ruhuna
  Dr. H.B.P. Sandani Lecturer The Open University of Sri Lanka
  Dr. V. N. S. Sirimalwatta Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. W.N.U. Perera Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Mr. Sandaruwan Subasinghe Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Jinendra S Balasuriya Senior Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Prof. WGD Lakmini Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. Deshapriya Rathnayaka Professor University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Gayathri Beligala Senior Lecturer Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine
  Mr. P.P. Ruwanpathirana Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Dr. A.A.M. Subodinee Senior Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Prof. A.L. Sandika Professor University of Ruhuna
  Ms. A. M. Y. W. Alahakoon Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Suranga Kodithuwakku Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Ms. W.C.S. M. Abeysekara Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Ms. W.T.V. Thathsaranee Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Dr. Sarath Weerasena Former DGA Department of Agriculture
  Ms. L.M.J.N.K. Disanayaka Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Mr. P.V.S. Harshana Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Prof. A.R.S.B. Athauda Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. R.M. Fonseka Professor University of Peradeniya
  Mr. U. I. Samarawickrama Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Prof. S.S. Kodithuwakku Senior Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. J.K. Vidanarachchi Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. L.M. Abeywickrama Senior Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. G.W.A.R. Fernando Senior Professor The Open University of Sri Lanka
  Mr. R.A.A.S. Rathnayaka Lecturer Rajarata University
  Dr. N.S. Abeysingha Senior Lecturer Rajarata University
  Ms. Sanduni Rathnayake Lecturer   University of Peradeniya
  Prof. Lanka Ranawake Professor University of Ruhuna
  Dr. K.P.P. Kopiyawattage Senior Lecturer Rajarata University
  Dr. D.N. Vidana Gamage Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Mr. M.B.P.  Kumara Mahipala Senior Lecturer University of Paredeniya
  Dr. N.T.B. Madusankha Senior Lecturer Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine
  Prof. S. Subasinghe Senior Professor University of Ruhuna
  Mr. P. C. Arampath Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Priyantha Weerasinghe Former Principal Scientist Horticulture Crops Research and Development Institute, Department of Agriculture
  Prof. G. Thirukkumaran Professor University of Jaffna
  Dr. Sumith Abeysiriwardena Former director Rice Research and Development Institute of the Dept. of Agriculture
  Dr. B.L.W.K. Balasooriya Senior Lecturer Wayamba University
  Dr. D.M.D. Dissanayake Senior Lecturer Rajarata University
  Prof. N.Y. Hirimuthugoda Professor University of Ruhuna
  Dr. S.A.C.N. Perera Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. P.E. Kaliyadasa Senior Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Mr. P.C.D. Perera Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Dr. R.P.N.P. Rajapakse Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. W.M.T.P. Ariyaratne Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. B.E.P. Mendis Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Dimanthi Jayatilake Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Chandima Gajaweera Senior Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Dr. W.E.M.L.J. Ekanayake Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Mr. Saman Warusawithana Immediate past President Organization of Professional Association (OPA)
  Dr. Aruni Wickramarathna Senior Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Dr. Chamila Wijekoon Senior Lecturer University of Ruhuna
  Prof. H.M.I.K Herath Professor Wayamba University 
  Dr. H.K.B.S. Chamara Senior Lecturer University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  Ms. P.D.B.J. Palihakkara Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Prof. P. I. P. Perera Professor Wayamba University
  Prof. Chalinda Beneragama Professor University of Peradeniya
  Prof. B. C. Jayawardhana  Professor  University of Peradeniya 
  Dr. N.U. Jayawardana Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya 
  Mr. F.H.C.A. Silva Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Ms. D.M.M.R. Dissanayake Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Prof. K.L. Wasantha Kumara Senior Professor University of Ruhuna
  Dr. Parakrama Weligamage Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Mr. K. Prasannath Senior Lecturer Eastern University Sri Lanka
  Mr. H.U. Warnakulasooriya Former Additional Director (retired) Department of Agriculture
  Dr. Thalata Ratnayake Former Additional Director General Department of Animal Production & Health
  Ms. V.N.D. Bulathsinhalage Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Ms. P.G.A.S. Warnasooriya Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. K.P.P. Udayagee Lecturer University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  Dr. M. P. Dhanapala Director/RRDI Dept. Agriculture
  Ms. R.M.S. Wijerathna Senior Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. S. N. Dissanayake Senior Lecturer Rajarata University
  Mr. W.V.V.R. Weerasingha Lecturer Rajarata University
  Dr. Lasanthi Jayathunge Senior Lecturer University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  Prof. NMNK Narayana Associate Professor University of Ruhuna
  Prof. Meththika Vithanage Professor University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  Dr. R. F. Niranjana Senior Lecturer Eastern University Sri Lanka
  Prof. N. Kottearachchi Professor Wayamba University
  Ms. A.G.A.W. Alakolanga Senior Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Prof. E.D.N.S. Abeyrathne Professor Uva Wellassa University
  Dr. Deshani C. Mudannayake Senior Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Dr T. Geretharan Senior Lecturer Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  Prof. Kapila Dissanayaka Professor Sabaragamuwa University
  Dr. Ruvini Abhayapala Senior Lecturer University of Sri  Jayewardenepura
  Prof. A.W. Wijeratne Professor Sabaragamuwa University
  Prof. G.D.K. Kapila Kumara Senior Lecturer Sabaragamuwa University
  Dr. G.G. Sikurajapathy Director Seed & Planting Materials Dept  of Agricultures
  Prof. H.S.R. Rosairo Professor Sabaragamuwa University
  Prof. M.L.M.C. Dissanayake   Professor Sabaragamuwa University
  Dr. A.D. Ampitiyawatta Senior Lecturer Sabaragamuwa University
  Dr. Geeshani Somaratne Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. Prasad Mahindarathne Senior Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Ms. Gayathri Rathnayake Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Dr. K. Pakeerathan Senior Lecturer University of Jaffna
  Mr. G. Asharp Sharmec Lecturer University of Jaffna
  Ms. E. A. L Lochana Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Ms. A.B.P. Bandara Lecturer University of Peradeniya
  Dr. M.W.A.C.S. Wijetunga Senior Lecturer Uva WEllassa University
  G. Abhiram Lecturer Uva Wellassa University
  Dr. Aruna Wijesooriya Former Director Sugarcane Research Institute

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