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Monday, 04 December 2017

Agres2017

Inauguration

The inaugural ceremony of AGRES 2017 was held on the 9th of November 2017 at Camellia Hall, which was adorned exquisitely with agricultural material by the undergraduates of the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila.

The chief guest of the inaugural ceremony was Prof. EMP Ekanayake – the Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka - and the event was begun in the traditional way by lighting the oil lamp. After singing the University anthem, Dr. B Gajanayake – Coordinator, 16th AGRES – delivered the welcome speech. Next, Dr. DC Abeysinghe – Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management – addressed the gathering highlighting the significance of this symposium especially to the undergraduates. The Vice-Chancellor, then, praised the effort of the academic staff and undergraduates in bringing the hard work of six months to fruition. After that, Dr. H Mantrithilaka – Guest of Honour – who is the Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) shared his valuable views and experiences with the audience. The key note address was on a much relevant topic - ‘Can we produce enough food without harming the environment in a future climate?’.  It was delivered by Prof. WAJM De Costa who is a distinguished scientist and a senior professor of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Dr. W Balasooriya – Staff Coordinator, publication committee - then, presented the Proceedings of 16th AGRES to the chief-guest and other distinguished guests. Vote of thanks was given by Mr. RMAL Bandara – Student Coordinator. The ceremony came to an end after singing the national anthem.

Technical sessions – 9th and 10th November, 2017

Agribusiness Management

Biotechnology

Horticulture and Landscape Gardening

Plantation Management

Best presenters

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Agribusiness Management

Best presenter

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Ms. EMMPS Ekanayake

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Willingness to Pay for a Balanced Diet

 

Department

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Biotechnology

Best presenter

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Ms. DGAT Dassanayake

Title

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Characterization of Cyanobacteria Isolated from Paddy Soils of Intermediate and Dry Zone of Sri Lanka

 

 

Department

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Horticulture and Landscape Gardening

Best presenter

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Ms. SGVDH Gunasekara

Title

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Chemical and Antioxidant Properties of Cashew Apple of Recommended Cashew (Anarcadium occidentale L.) Varieties in Sri Lanka

 

Department

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Plantation Management

Best presenter

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Ms. AMGN Rathnayake

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Phytochemical, Physiochemical and Mineral Contents of Domesticated and Non Domesticated Populations of Momordica charantia L. Seeds Harvested at Two Maturity Stages

AGRES Night

The experiences of the participants of the intellectual event - AGRES 2017 - were not confined to academic ones. In fact, both the academic staff members and the final year undergraduate students, who presented their work at the symposium, had a much enjoyable time at ‘AGRES Night’ organized by the final year undergraduates.  Awards were given away to the best presenters of the symposium at AGRES Night. The students showed their aesthetic skills via music, singing, dancing etc. AGRES 2017 came to an end leaving memorable thoughts in mind as AGRES Night marked its end.  

Monday, 04 December 2017