Agriculture Has Bright Future
future of Sri Lanka's agriculture will increasingly depend on
the adoption of more scientific methods of cultivation. In that
endeavour Protected Agriculture will play a major role. This was
the message that several speakers repeatedly stressed at the annual
general meeting of the Protected Agriculture Entrepreneurs Association
(PAEA) held recently at the In-service Training Institute of the
Department of Agriculture, Gannoruwa, Peradeniya.
chief guest, Executive Director of the Council for Agricultural
Research Policy Professor H M Gunasena lighting the oil lamp.
From left to right Director General of the Department of Agriculture
Dr Sarath Weerasena, Team Leader of GTZ-ESSP Project Dr. V.
Steigerwald, ESSP Director P.G. Samaratunga and Secretary General
of the National Agri Business Council Nihal Mawalla and the
president of the PAEA Ananda Jayawardena.
incoming president Chandra Dharmasena, Members of the PAEA
and the invitees
is the premier professional organization in Sri Lanka that stands
for the interests of entrepreneurs who are engaged in modern controlled
environmental (Green House) agriculture.
requests from the PAEA members to continue in office, the president
Ananda Jayawardena and secretary Sarath Perera, both of whom held
office for several years, stepped down to provide an opportunity
for other members to become leaders. Chandra Dharmasena took over
the presidency and K, Dissanayake assumed duties as secretary.
chief guest Executive Director of the Council for Agricultural Research
Policy Professor H M Gunasena and several guest speakers including
Director General of the Department of Agriculture Dr. Sarath Weerasena,
Additional Secretary of the Udarata Development Ministry Mrs. Swarna
Obeysekara, Team Leader of the German Donor Agency GTZ-ESSP Project
Dr. V. Steigerwald, (ESSP) Director P.G Samaratunga and Secretary
General of the National Agri Business Council Nihal Mawalla addressed
the ceremonial sessions. This was followed by a technical session
that reviewed the results of a base-line survey of Controlled Environment
Agriculture conducted by the Council for Agricultural Research Policy.
following are the office bearers of PAEA for the coming year.
Vice President- Deepabandu Ratnayaka
Secretary- K Dissanayake
Treasurer- A. Punchihewa
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer- Nihal Ranatunga
Committee Members- Ananda Jayawardena, Sarath Perera, Dr.SM Somaratna,
Tree of Life Opens Eco Park
Tree of Life Nature Resort that promotes Green Tourism
recently further upgraded its beautiful garden with
what the Hotel calls an Eco Park named “Kandyan
Garden.” The new garden was recently opened in
the presence of hotel guests and the staff. The ceremony
happily coincided with the promotion of Managing Director
of the Hotel Tree of Life A.S. Thenuwara as Japanese
General Manager Timothy Paldano who took the lead in
developing the new garden says that the hotel has over
two acres under vegetables that supplies fresh produce
for in-house use for the benefit of the guests.
picture above taken at the opening ceremony shows (from
Left) Mr. R. Udugampola (Financial Controller), Mrs. Wilma
Jayasinghe, S. Debehapuwa (Chef), Mr. A.S. Thenuwara (Group
Director), Mr. Tadashi Shigenaga (Chairman), Mr. Timothy
Paldano (Assistant General Manager), Mr. S. Ariyarathna,
and two in house guests, Mr. U Chandrathilaka, and Mr. Shafeek.