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Floriculture Clinic, Exhibition & Workshop on 25 October 2013

A Floriculture Clinic, Exhibition & Workshop was held on 25 October 2013 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 07 under the distinguished patronage of the First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa. It was organized by the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (AVMAS), University Grants Commission jointly with Mike Flora (Pvt.) Ltd. The objectives of the above workshop were

1. To identify policy issues and institutional, technological and infrastructural constraints relating to the strengthening and expansion of the floriculture industry to meet domestic and export       market needs

2. To identify high priority research concerns in floriculture as an export industry

3.To develop synergistic partnerships between academia and relevant public and private sector institutions at home and abroad to develop a robust and competitive floriculture industry

4. To provide a platform for the growers, traders, entrepreneurs and the like to showcase their novel and innovative varieties, products and services

5. To formulate strategies and pragmatic recommendations to overcome the issues and constraints referred to above for submission to relevant ministries and institutions for implementation. 

Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson, UGC  welcoming the chief guest

Chief guest, madam shiranthi wickramasinghe rajapaksa lighting the oil lamp

Mr. (Law student) & Miss Spundrika Subasinghe (First year science student) of Univ. of Colombo compering at the conference

Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama delivering the welcome address

Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, vice chairman, UGC delivering the opening remarks

Dr. W.W. Gamage, Secretary, ministry of Botanical Gradens and Public Recreation delivering his address

Some highlights of the inaugaral session of the workshop

Chief guest opening the exhibition

Dr. DSA Wijesundara, Director General, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya delivering his presentation on Recent Technological Advances and Emerging Trends in Floriculture

Prof. Sriyani Peiris, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya delivering her presentation on Research & Development and Innovations for Improved Competitiveness and Demand

Mrs. Ramya Weerakoon, Chairperson, Ramya Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd., delivering her presentation on Floriculture as a Source of Employment and Business for Women

Prof. S. Subasinghe, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna and Mr. Mihindu Keerthiratne, Managing Director, Mike Flora (Pvt.) Ltd. Devlering their presentation on Public Private Partnerships for a Robust and Competitive Floriculture Industry

Mr. Rizvi Zaheed, Managing Director, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited delivering his speech on Domistic and International Trade and Marketing for Greater Profits and Market Share

Prof. Ranjith Senaratne delivering the concluding remarks and way forward


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