The Institute is committed to undertake continuing research in both online distance education for farmers and agro-technology transfer. Institute is conducting Online Agro-technology Diploma for farming community in Sri Lanka since 2008. This is the first successful research done by University system to educate farmers through ICT tools. Following research activities are conducting continuously for the course.
- On-going research in learner profile learner satisfaction
- Community needs analysis for new programmes and improvement of the current programme
- Monitoring and evaluation of student satisfaction of the existing courses and in order that timely remedial measures are taken.
The researchers are going on
- to identify and analyze best ICT based practical methods for farmer education and for implement and practicing venture agriculture and creation of agricultural entrepreneurs
- to introduce ICT through which science and technology innovations could be obtained by farmers for improve production
- to introduce innovative farmer education methods and its potential for providing agricultural information to Sri Lankan farmers in development of agro-based industries
Research activities under technology transfer through tissue culture banana are also going on under following areas:
- Tissue cultured plant production
- Nursery acclimatization
- Appropriate irrigation techniques
- Agro-technology adaptation in the field
- Post-harvest techniques
- Value addition in banana
Under this research regular Monitoring and Evaluating fields on tissue cultured banana is done by the institute and currently about 5000 farmers are involving with the institute. Improvement of income generation by about 15-20 folds and also improvement of facilities of farmers can be observed (Number of farmers having vehicles, farm equipments, etc).
A farmer in Sooriyawewa involving with the institute has obtained Rs 1.6 million from 1 ha tissue culture banana field within one harvest.
Already developed, tested and implemented model of innovation system developed for the Southern part of Sri Lanka through the Banana Tissue Culture Technology Transfer was successfully introduced to the North and East Province of Sri Lanka.