Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) organized a Seminar for progress reviewers on 29th June 2017 to review the performance of Agricultural Research Projects, institutions and divisions at the end of the 2nd quarter, 2017. This seminar was attended by 40 scientists from 20 Research Institutes/Departments/Boards/Agencies. This seminar was held as a fulfillment of a function mentioned in the SLCARP Act No. 47 of 1987. Dr. S D G Jayawardena, Chairman of SLCARP explained the relevance and objectives of this seminar. All presentations were undertaken based on a given format, which included introduction to the research organization, total number of scientists according to the Carder and at present in 2017; total number of scientists in 2017 by qualifications as trained scientists for PhD, M Phil, MSc, MA, BSc, or BA holders and also the number of scientists untrained. Information also included the number of scientists by discipline, number of research projects by discipline and number of research projects by SLCARP National Committees. Financial status of each research organization which included the total recurrent and capital budget allocations to institutions by Treasury, total budget allocation for Research Projects by treasury, other institutes/agencies for research projects, foreign funded research budget and finally the total research budget for research organization by discipline in 2017.
Research progress up to the 2nd Quarter in terms of financial and physical was analyzed. Financial expenditure up to the 2nd Quarter by discipline and physical achievements as a percent of cumulative progress by discipline was examined. Summing up and concluding remarks were done by Dr. J D H Wijewardena, Secretary of SLCARP. Second seminar for progress review will be arranged in December 2017.