Hon. Duminda Dissnayake Minister of Agriculture requested cabinet to allocate Rs. 300 Million a year to train National Agricultural Research System Scientist at PhD level. Government has allocated Rs. 300 Million per year over the next 5 years for this purpose.
Delegation headed by Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Mr. B. Wijerathna, Dr. S D G Jayawardena Chairman Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, Dr. Rohan Wijekoon Director General Department of Agriculture visited University Putra Malaysia, Kasetsart University Thailand, University of Los Banos Philippines and established linkages for this purpose in November 2017.
First candidate of this program Ms. Shyali Iroshini Rathnayake a Plant Breeder from Department of Agriculture who received admission to Kasetsart University Thailand was handed over the award letter and air ticket to Thailand. Many more Scientist under this scheme will be awarded scholarship by Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy for Postgraduate Studies in Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines within the next 5 years.
She has completed IELTS exam. she left.
I am H.M.P.S. Kumari, Assistant Director of Agriculture attached to the Horticultural Crops Research and Development Institute under the Department of Agriculture. I was awarded a PhD scholarship from Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, in 2016. My PhD scholarship included study of resistant breeding, its genetic relationship, inheritance of genetic resistance and development of technology to identify breeding bean rust disease resistance. Due to the of lack of previous study reported on this study in Sri Lanka I requested help from SLCARP as my PhD sponsor, Department of Agriculture and my external supervisor Prof. Cholani Weebadde at Michigan State University, USA.The cost of training was shared between SLCAR, DOA and Michigen State University for three months training at Michigean State University USA and United states Department of Agriculture (USDA).
I got very good exposure to the related research with eminent scientist in USA. I trained with research group at Michigan State University under Professor James D Kelly, eminent bean breeder and Dr Marcial A. Pastor Corrales eminent pathologist, USDA , Beltsville, Maryland. With this training I learnt very applicable resistant breeding technologies related with pathogen race specific gene reactions. In Sri Lanka this technology is never applied for bean resistant breeding. Follow up activities and my future plan is to publish this technology among our scientist with demonstration and apply this technology to my PhD research directly to achieve my research objectives. In addition to that my objective is to develop well established advance method to assist breeders to develop stable resistance in bean rust resistance.