December 14, 2021
On 8th, Dec 2021, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Ministry of Education, and University of Jaffna agreed to implement JICA's new technical cooperation named as ‘The Project for Research and Education Capacity improvement in Dry Zone Agriculture at University of Jaffna'.
Prof. Kapila C. Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. S. Srisatkunarajah, Vice- Chancellor, University of Jaffna, and Mr. Yamada Tetsuya, Chief Representative, JICA Sri Lanka Office signed the project agreement.
This technical cooperation project is expected to contribute to strengthening the education, research, social engagement activities of the university that would improve the productivity of the biological resource-based sectors in the Northern Province and enhance their adaptability to climate change.
This Project is to be implemented as follows the Japan's grant aid assistance (LKR 3.00 billion) to upgrade research and education facilities of the University, which was completed in February 2021.
The Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Jaffna, the only higher education institution for agriculture in the Northern Province, aims to foster quality human resources, to produce innovative technology and to contribute to local development in the field of agriculture, through quality education, advanced research, and community extension.
The Faculty was originally located in Kilinochchi, but during 1996-2014, due to the conflict, the Faculty was temporarily relocated to the Jaffna campus of the University and operated by borrowing facilities from other departments. As a result, the opportunities for practical training and experiments for students and research activities in dry zone agriculture were limited.
In order to restore the Faculty, JICA has assisted the University in upgrading the facilities through grand aid assistance and capacity development through this new technical cooperation in succession, so that the University can play central and critical role to enhance dry zone agriculture. The new technical cooperation, which will be for five (5 years), will kick-off in Sri Lanka from early 2022 with the arrival of JICA experts from Japan and intends to fully utilize the upgraded facilities.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the executing agency of Japan's Bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA). JICA, the world biggest bilateral aid agency, works in over 150 countries and regions. In accordance with its vision of "Inclusive and Dynamic Development," JICA supports the resolution of development issues in developing countries. In Sri Lanka, Japan has been providing financial and technical assistance since 1954 and is one of the biggest donor to the country. On behalf of the people and the Government of Japan, JICA contributes to improve life of people in Sri Lanka.