Sugarcane Research Institute, Sri Lanka

Sugarcane Research Institute (Sinhala:ශ්‍රී ලංකා උක් පර්යේෂණ ආයතනය) is located in Udawalawe in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka.

The Sugarcane Research Institute was established by the Act of Parliament no. 75 of 1981 (ratified on 29 December 1981) for the purpose of conducting research on the cultivation and processing of sugarcane to cater to technological needs for the development of the sugar industry of Sri Lanka. 

The institute was formally inaugurated on 29 April 1983 and started to function as an independent research institute on 1 January 1984 (Abeyawardana, 2002; Perera, 2009). Initially, the activities of the institute were funded by the levy of a cess on locally produced sugar (Abeyawardana, 2002). However, with the expansion of the scope, a cess on sugar imports was authorized in 1991 to generate an additional fund for the institute (Abeyawardana, 2002).

The Institute has four regional offices at Buttala, Siyambalanduwa, Badulla, and Hingurana. It also has a liaison office at Battaramulla, a quarantine farm at Hantana, an arrowing station at Deniyaya and a pathology farm at Siyambalanduwa.

See also

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7. p.34.
3) Perera, M. S., 2009. Extension service of the Sri Lankan sugar industry. Proceedings of the Agricultural Extension Conference. pp.235-251.

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