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A study on agriculture information generation and dissemination at the Department of Agriculture (DOA) in Sri Lanka

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W.P.T. Dilrukshi ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Agriculture
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I. Muddannayake

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Agriculture
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Abstract

The paper discusses findings of a survey conducted at the Department of Agriculture to find out how agriculture information is generated and disseminated to the end users. The objectives of the study are to find out the type of research conducted at Horticultural Research and Development Institute ( HORDI), Field Crops Research and Development Institute (FCRDI) and Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI) of the DOA, to find out whether the agricultural research conducted at DOA is relevant in addressing farmer’s problems, to find out the main methods used for disseminating new agricultural information to scientific community and farmers and to find out barriers for effective information dissemination to farmers. The data were collected by using a structured questionnaire. The total population taken for the study was 74. The analysis was carried out by taking the entire population together and separately by individual institutions. The survey revealed that the researchers in three research institutes of the DOA are regularly engaged in research focusing on local agrarian problems. The main research areas of the researchers were plant breeding, soil and water resource management, and agronomy and crop science. The research conducted by three research institutes of the DOA are hundred percent (100%) relevant to issues encountered in the agriculture sector of the country. Majority of researchers use, seminars/conferences as the main methods for dissemination information to scientific community. Majority of researchers (34%) at HORDI. thirty one percent of researchers (31%) at RRDI and thirty percent of researchers (30%) at FCRDI send their research output to the extension division in the DOA. According to the data, lack of extension staff has been identified as a main problem for effective transfer of research output to the end users timely, by fifty percent of researchers (50%) at FCRDI, forty two percent of researchers (42%) at HORDI and forty percent (40%) of researchers at RRDI respectively. The weak research/extension linkage has been identified as a barrier by twenty five percent (25%) of researchers both at HORDI and FCRDI and twenty percent of researchers (20%) at RRDI.

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, Vol. 18, Issue 1, January 2014, Page 72-86

 

How to Cite: Dilrukshi, W.P.T. & Muddannayake, I., (2015). A study on agriculture information generation and dissemination at the Department of Agriculture (DOA) in Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 18(1), pp.72–86. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v18i1.7862
Published on 24 Apr 2015.
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