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Department of Agrarian Development - Sri Lanka

The Department of Agrarian Development (DAD) estabilished on 01 st of October 1957 with an idea of providing supply services that are initial for Agriculture schemes empowered by the Paddy Land Act No. 1 in 1958 and presently governed by the Agrarian Development Act no.46 in 2000

Vision - Sustainable Development of all Agricultural Lands and  Farming Community of Sri Lanka.

Mission-Formulation and timely implementation of Institutional, Facilitator, Legal and Management Services for optimum productivity of all agriculture lands as well as sustainable development of Farming Community of Sri Lanka

Our Goals

Formulation and implementation of Agrarian Law to safeguard tenancy as well as land owner rights.

Strengthening and development of farmer’s institutions.

Agriculture Land Management.

Water Resource Management.

 


The National Agrarian Day   Remote Sensing (RS)  

Started on 01st of October 1957 with an idea of providing supply services that are initial for Agriculture schemes.

(a) Agriculture loans and Marketing
(b) Supply of Agriculture inputs.
(c) Minor Irrigation improvements
(d) Price Control
(e) Agriculture Instrument.
(f) Agriculture Land Management.


Empowered by the Paddy Land Act No.01 in 1958. Presently governed by the Agrarian Development Act no. 46 in  2000.

 

Project Started by the Department of Agrarian Development (DAD) to develop a special database for the paddy lands of sri lanka using high resolution satellite images.(0.5 m Resolution) Seasonal change detection and crop will be targeted in the future.
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Soil Investigation Project

Department of Agrarian Development (DAD) is heading for soil health card system in Sri lanka. Agricultural soil characters and Soil fertility evaluation am main functions under this objective 13 Divisional laboratories are established to provide a service for farmer.

 

Historical Heritage of Sri Lanka


Water,Food commodity, and psychological development are the main pillars of our ancient society and these are some of the ideal examples for sustainable natural resource management system in the world.

One of the most striking features in Polonnaruwa is the vast Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakramabahu), an irrigation tank built, as the name indicates by King Parakramabahu the Great.

 

The great artificial lake is at once an expression, a statement of imperial power & monumental feet of engineering: irrigation of 18,000 acres of paddy fields for two seasons a year, a line of defence along the entire west flank of the city against the marauding Dravidian invasions from South India & cooling breeze to the citizens. The great reservoir was named after its imperial designer.

     “In my Kingdom are many rain fed paddy fields, but few indeed are those which are cultivated by means of perennial streams and great Tanks.By rocks, and by many thick forests, by great marshes are the land covers. In such a kingdom, let not even a small quantity of water obtained by rain, go to the sea, without benefiting the human.Paddy fields should be formed in every place, excluding only that produce gem, gold and other precious things.It does not become persons in our situation to live enjoying our own ease and unmindful of the interest of the people, and you all, be not discouraged, when a necessary, but a difficult work is on hand. Regard it not indeed as a work difficulty, but following my advice accomplish it without opposing my instructions”
Parakrama Bahu the Great
     (1164-1197 AD)

 

Project Gallery


Some of the on going and past projects conducted by the Department of Agrarian Development (DAD).

Bata Atha Wewa -

New tank construction in hambanthota district. Bund height 30 Feet’s and downstream control sluice structures in a new trail.

Mechanical Flap Gate -

Mechanical Flap Gate invented by DAD at ukowita anicut in Galle District. Low cost, durable, easy operation and easy maintenance. (Joint venter with NERD center)

 

Soil Investigation -

Department of Agrarian Development (DAD) is heading for soil health card system in Sri lanka. Agricultural soil characters and Soil fertility evaluation am main functions under this objective 13 Divisional laboratories are established to provide a service for farmer.

Canal Improvement in Flood porne areas -

Improvement to Diversion systems ( Anicut ) in bog half bog soils in the low country wet zone with Gabion Technology

 

Cascade Research Study -

DAD has conducted research projects with sri lanka university researchers regrading the cascades of sri lanka.Horiwila cascade research is presented here.

In Quest of Our Lost Heritage


During ancient period the Sri Lanka irrigation engineers have used lot of irrigation related technologies and still the evidences can be found on some areas in srilanka. Below are some of the examples and currently the DAD is in the process of rejuvenating and reinventing the same.

Karahana

Ancient flow measuring and water bifurcation structure out of hard wood stem and still in use at the northern part of Anuradhapura.

VT Sluice (Keta Sorowwa)

Traditional sluice structure of village tanks verticalketa is 12'' and diameter 6'', 9'', 12'' are available. Releases water from the top surface of the reservoir is the significant characterof the maintain free ancient irrigation sluice structure.

 

  Bisokotuwa
  Ellangawa
DAD New Inventions

BRC Flume

Very Accurate and portable flow measuring device (0.1 to 3 cfs) made out of fiber glass and introduced by the DAD in 2006. (Invented by B.R. Clemant )

Partial Flume

Portable partial flume (Measuring range 0.2 to 3 cfs) a standard flow measuring device made of fiber glass , introduced by the DAD in 2006.

  Diversion Structures out of Gabian Technologies
 

Fiber Glass Products

 

  Mechanical Flap Gate
  Land Consolidation

 

 


Current News

Usefull Links
Ministry of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Irrigation Department
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Defence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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