December 16, 2016
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna (UoJ) hosted the 2nd International Conference on Dry Zone Agriculture from Dec 15 to 16. JICA sent 3 Japanese professors to make plenary and keynote speeches at the Conference, along with Prof. R. Anandham from Tamil Nadu University of Agriculture, India.
Prof. Sawahiko Shimada, Tokyo University of Agriculture, introduced his project on water-saving agricultural methods using remote sensing technology, spatial analysis on Sri Lanka's climate and water resources, and precision crop monitoring using drones. Prof. Masahiro Tasumi, University of Miyazaki, presented his study to estimate evapotranspiration using remote sensing, along with the future prospects of regional application of the technology. Prof. Yoichi Matsubara, Gifu University, made a presentation on studies on plant stress management such as diseases, heat and salinity using symbiotic fungi.
In the technical sessions, researchers and students from all over Sri Lanka shared their research findings on dry zone agriculture. Presenters were selected by reviewers from different universities in the form of anonymous abstracts. Prof. G. Mikunthan, Dean/Graduate Studies pointed out that dry zone agriculture in Sri Lanka is a largely understudied subject, and this Conference is extremely valuable to develop untapped resources. Students of UoJ took charge of the preparation and operation of the Conference as part of their skills development. It also provided precious opportunities for students to interact with experts of different disciplines and gain new knowledge.
In the opening remarks, Prof. S. Shivachandirian, Convener of the Conference, praised the efforts made by the UoJ community, which enabled continuation of education at the Faculty during years of displacement and reestablishment of the Faculty.
JICA is also providing grant assistance worth Rs. 2.2 billion to construct a Research and Training Complex for the Faculty to contribute to the development of dry zone agriculture in Sri Lanka.
Preparation including logistics, decorations and event operation was done by students of UoJ as part of their skills development.
Dr. Masahiro Tasumi, University of Miyazaki, making speech.
Prof. Yoichi Mastubara, Gifu University, receiving awards after his speech.
A participant receiving a certificate from Prof. Sawahiko Shimada, Tokyo University of Agriculture.
Group photo with participants
The design of the research & training complex (building and field) to be constructed with Japanese grant.