Prof. LM Abeywickrama

BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor in Agric Economics & Extension
Dept of Agricultural Economics & Extension
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Phone

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+94 41 2292385 / +94 41 2292200 / Ext 208

Fax

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+94 41 22 92 385 / 077 32 29 011

E-mail

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abeylm@rediffmail.com

abey@agecon.ruh.ac.lk

   

FULL NAME

LM Abeywickrama

 

PERSONAL

Married, 3 children

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

LANGUAGE ABILITY

English excellent

Hindi read and speak fluently

Sinhala mother tongue excellent

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • B.Sc. Agriculture,(Second upper Honours),University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka,1987

  • M.Sc. Agricultural Economics (GPA 3.7)University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka,1997

  • PhD Agricultural Economics,(OCPA 7.8)Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana,Punjab, India,2003

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Working as a student counsellor in the Faculty of Agriculture for the years 1988,1999 and 2003

  • The Chief examiner of the Third Examination in BSc Agriculture in Agricultural Economics for several years

  • The chief examiner of the Agricultural Economics in the First examination in BSc Agriculture for several years

  • Working as an examiner for the second, fourth and final examinations in BSc Agriculture during last 14 years

  • Working as the Acting Head of the Department in several occasions during the last decade

  • Working as the Chairman of the Board of Survey of Affiliated University at Kamburupitiya Gam-Udawa Site

  • Working as a member of the Farm Development Committee of the Faculty Farm

  • Course Coordinator of the third year program in Agricultural Economics for several years

  • President / Secretary of the Ruhuna University Agricultural Faculty Alumni Association for several periods

  • Senior Treasurer and Patron for Several student bodies

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN OTHER INSTITUTES

  • Working as an instructor and a lecturer in the training program for the Advanced Level Agricultural Teachers in National Institute of Education since 1996

  • Lecturer in the Agriculture Diploma Program in National Institute of Education (NIE) Since 1997

  • Lecturer in the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Program in National Institute of Education (NIE) since 1998

  • Conducting several training programs in government schools and in workshops organized by NGOs in Environmental Conservation for the central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka

  • Chief examiner of Resource Economics and Farm Management (New Syllabus) in National Diploma in Technology Exams in Hardy, Ampara and Naiwala Agricultural Schools under Ministry of Higher education

 

TRAININGS

  • Multivariate analysis techniques, The workshop (10 days) conducted by the University of Peradeniya with collaboration of WINROCK INTERNATIONAL 

  • Ten day training program on Teaching Methods, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • Workshop on Agro-forestry systems, (10 days) University of Peradeniya with collaboration of Asia-Pacific Agro-forestry Network(APAN)

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), 10 day training workshop, Organized by Central Environment Authority and Centre for Environmental Studies of Sri Lanka, Polgolla, Kandy, Sri Lanka

 

REPRESENTATION IN BOARDS AND SOCIETIES

  • Team member of IEA study of Proposed Cement Factory at Ahangama for Central Environment Authority

  • Team member of IEA study of Hikkaduwa Fishery Harbour project for Central Environment Authority

  • A member of the Social Impact Assessment Team for the Proposed Matara- Colombo Highway

  • A member of the team of Social and Environmental Impact Assessment of Southern Corridor Transport Project for the RDA / ADB for Wilber Smith Associates, US

 

RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT

  • Social Impact Assessment of Southern Province Salt Water Extrusion And Drainage (SWED) Project for the Southern Province Rural Development Project (SPRDP), Galle

BOOKS

 

Land Issues of Sri Lanka (2008), A research study on land related issues in 20 districts in Sri Lanka) Published by National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, ISBN: 978-955-8103-15-9.

 

Performance Measurement of Agricultural Trade (2006), (A research study on Indo-Sri Lanka bilateral agricultural trade), (123 pages) (2006) ISBN:978-955-517-724-5.

 

Role of Farmer Organization in Irrigation Water Management (A Research Study on Impacts of Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) in Udawalawa Irrigation and Settlement Scheme)(2000)(138 pages) ISBN 978-955-955-517-723-8.

 

Land Issues of Sri Lanka, (A research study on land related issues in 20 districts in Sri Lanka) ISBN: 978-955-8103-16-6 (Tamil Translation) (2009) Published by National Fisheries Solidarity Movement.

 

lDIs wdl oHd m%fjSYh (2009), (A text book written for the GCE AL Agriculture Syllabus and BSc Agriculture First year programme).

 

Social Science Research Methods (2008), (A text book for the university students in the fields of biological and social sciences).

 

Basics of Intellectual Property Rights and WTO, (2005) ISBN:978-955-517-72-8-3.

 

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

 

PS Rangi, MS Sidhu, LM Abeywickrama and Sukphpal Singh (2003), A study on export of potato from India, The Bihar Journal of Agricultural Marketing, Vol XI (3&4), (Pp.103-111).

 

Abeywickrama LM (2008), Traditional dairy farming in Southern Sri Lanka: Problems and prospects, Economic Review, Vol 34 (5&6), (Pp.38-48).

 

Rangoda BDP, LM Abeywickrama and MTN Fernando (2006), An analysis of different forecasting models for prices of coconut products in Sri Lanka, Proceedings, Third Annual Sessions, University of Ruhuna (Pp. 08-15).

 

Abeywickrama L M, 2000, Agro-forestry systems of the tea small holdings in Matara district in Sri Lanka; Selection of trees and economic viability, Beijer Research Seminar on Environmental Economics, Swedish Royal Academy of Science, 2000, Dhulikel, Nepal.

 

Abeywickrama L M, L G L Sisira Kumara, Asoka Gunawardene, 1999, Milk industry in Udawalawa Colonization and Settlement Scheme; farmer perspectives, Sri Lankan Journal of Animal Production, SLAAP, Sri lanka.

 

Wijewardene LR, LM Abeywickrama and MTN Fernando (2006), An invesitigation of factors affecting consumption of coconut oil, Proceedings, The Seventh Annual Research Session of Agricultural Graduates, University of Ruhuna. (Pp. 42-44).

 

Serasinghe Thaksala, Sajini Pathiraja and LM Abeywickrama (2006), The role of women in cottage industries at village level, Proceedings, Tenth National Convention on Women Studies (1-6).

 

Kurukulasooriya SN, Abeywickrama LM and Wasanthi Wickramasinghe (2007), The successfulness of dedicated economic center concept as a solution for marketing problems of vegetables in Sri Lanka: A case study of Keppetipola, Proceedings, The Ninth Annual Research Session of Agricultural Graduates, University of Ruhuna. (Pp. 17-19).

 

Samaradiwakara SMHK, LM Abeywickrama and KDN Kodikara (2007), Present status and future prospects of Sri Lankan agricultural exports to the European Union-A case study, The Eighth Annual Research Session of Agricultural Graduates, University of Ruhuna. (Pp. 51-55).

 

 

Piyasena HWSP, LM Abeywickrama and Chamenda Wijayaratne (2006), Emerging trends of use of chemical fertilizer in vegetable cultivation in Nuwaraeliya District, Research Abstracts, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna. (Pp.5).

 

Wijesinghe WADNK, LM Abeywickrama and Chaminda Perera (2006), An economic analysis of coir yarn industry in Galle District, Research Abstracts, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna. (Pp.10).

 

Senewiratne RS, LM Abeywickrama and Chaminda Perera (2006), Determining the effectiveness of different marketing chanels of coir based products in Southern Sri Lanka, Research Abstracts, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna. (Pp.13).

 

Kumari JHSC, LM Abeywickrama and SP Aluthge (2006), Analysis of storage losses of paddy: A case study in Kalutara District, Research Abstracts, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna. (Pp.20-21).

 

Wijewardene LR, Abeywickrama LM and MTN Fernando (2006), An investigation of factors affecting consumption of coconut oil, Research Abstracts, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna. (Pp.22).

 

Fernando WMKAS, LM Abeywickrama and Wasanthi Wickramasinghe (2006), Understanding the price behaviour of vegetables and fruits in segmented markets, Research Abstracts, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ruhuna. (Pp.60).

 

Abeywickrama LM, S Subasinghe and R Senaratne (2009), Sustainability of community based household solid waste management: Lessons learnt from Ruhuna - CIDA Restore Project, Wrap-up Conference of CIDA Restore Project.

 

Pushpakumari HWL, Dushani SN, Wasanthakumara KL and Abeywickrama LM (2009) Problems and prospects of mushroom cultivation in Akuressa and Kamburupitiya DS Divisions, Proceedings, Second National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, (Pp.67).

 

Abeywickrama LM and Subasinghe SN, (2009) Effect of participatory household solid waste management programme on social harmony: A case study in Matara Municipality, Proceedings, Second National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, (Pp. 68).

 

Abeywickrama LM and Subasinghe SN (2009) Factors affecting contribution of home gardeners for family nutrition and livelihood: Lessons from Neluwa DS Division, Proceedings, Second National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, (Pp. 69).

 

Abeywickrama LM (2009) Use of Transformational Development Indicators (TDIs) to measure the social impacts of home gardening projects: Lessons learnt from Weeraketiya ADP, Proceedings, Second National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, (Pp. 70).

 

Kulasekara KP, Wasana Wijesooriya, Abeywickrama LM, and Disanayake DMAP (2009), Economics and perceptions of rubber farmerson transition from rubber to tree: A case study in Kalutara District, Proceedings, Second National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, (Pp.75).

 

Abeywickrama LM and Rangi PS (2009), Constraints of Indo-Sri Lanka agricultural trade, Proceedings of Sixth Academic Session, (2009), University of Ruhuna (Pp.54) (Research, writing and presentation).

 

Subasinghe SN and Abeywickrama LM (2008), Performance of composting household kitchen wastes: A case study in Matara Municipality, Proceedings, National Symposium 2008, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (Pp.76).

 

Abeywickrama LM and Rangi PS (2008), Trends of Indo-Sri Lanka agricultural trade in the context of liberalization, Proceedings, National Symposium 2008, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (Pp.77).

 

Abeywickrama LM (2008), Improvement of social harmony through community based waste management and urban agriculture, Proceedings, National Symposium 2008, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (Pp.79).

 

Abeywickrama LM and Subsinghe SN (2008), Environmental literacy of the general public: A case study in Matara Municipality, Proceedings, National Symposium 2008, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (Pp.81).

 

Abeywickrama LM (2008), Transformational Development Indicators to measure the impact of community development programmes in rural societies, Proceedings, National Symposium 2008, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (Pp.86).

 

Abeywickrama LM (2008), A time series analysis of coconut prices: Seasonal variation, trends and parity, Proceedings of 64th Annual Sessions, SLAAS, Sri Lanka (Research, writing and presentation) (Pp.39).

 

Samaradivakara SMHK, Abeywickrama LM and Kodikara KDN (2007), Measurements of quality standards of Sri Lankan fruits and vegetable exports to EU countries, Proceedings of the Agricultural Symposium, University of Sabaragamuwa.

 

Abeywickrama LM and Abeywickrama WDCS (2007) Socio-economic impact of transferring from river sands to deposit sands with government policies: A case in lower Walawa valley, Proceedings of 63rd Annual Sessions, SLAAS, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama LM (2007), Importance of public awareness to control undue spread of invasive alien fish species in inland water ecosystems: A case study in Nilwala river catchments, Proceedings, The International Conference on Tropical Acquatic Research Towards Sustainable Development, NARA, Colombo.

 

Samaradiwakara SMHK, Abeywickrama LM and Kodikara KDN (2007), Competitiveness of Sri Lankan fruit and vegetable products in EU market: Company standards and product standards, Proceedings, The 63rd Annual Session, SLAAS, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama LM, Shantha WMS and Fernando MTN (2006), Evaluation of marketing channels of coconut in Matara District, Proceedings, The 62nd Annual Sessions, SLAAS, Sri Lanka.

 

Nugera NNRN, Kumari MKN and Abeywickrama LM(2006), Social phenomenon of bottled water consumption in Sri Lanka: Hypes and reality, Proceedings, The 62nd Annual Sessions, SLAAS, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama LM (2006) Impact of alien species on composition of fish catch in water bodies in Nilwala river catchments, Proceedings, International Symposium, University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama LM, Atapattu NSBM and Mudalige SKK (2006), De-escalating conflicts through sharing responsibilities: A case in faculty of Agriculture,of University of Ruhuna, The 3rd Annual Academic Session, University of Ruhuna.

 

Abeywickrama L M and P S Rangi, 2004, Competitiveness of Sri Lankan tea and spices n India: impact of liberalized policies; Proceedings, SLAAS Annual Sessions-2004.

 

Abeywickrama LM P S Rangi, 2004, Competitiveness of Sri Lanka tea and spices in India's market: impact of liberalized trade policies, Proceedings, Second Academic Session, University of Ruhuna. Pp.1.

 

Marikar F M M T, Oscar Amarasinghe, L M Abeywickrama, 2000, A Travel Cost Approach to Value Bopath Ella Recreational Site, SLAAS, (2000), Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama L M, R A G Senaratne, Mangala de Zoysa, 1999,Agro-forestry systems in tea small holding sector in Sri Lanka; selection of trees. Proceedings, Annual National Symposium of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama, L M, R A G Senaratne, Asoka Gunawardene, Martin Baumann, 1999, Goat farming and marketing in Hambantota District, SLLAS,(1999), Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama L M, Asoka Gunawardene, L G L Sisira Kumara, 1998, Present status of milk production and marketing of in Udawalawa Irrigation and Settlement Scheme. SLLAS, (1998), Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama L M, Oscar Amarasinghe, 1998, Feasibility of alternative use of abandoned paddy lands in the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka; a study of Dedduwa and Rantotawila SWED projects, SLLAS, (1998), Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama L M, Oscar Amarasinghe, 1998, Rehabilitation of abandoned paddy lands in the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka: a study of the Madampe SWED project, SLLAS, (1998), Sri Lanka.

 

Chandralatha S P, M D Piyatilaka, L M Abeywickrama, 1998, Banana; to improve the productivity of irrigated lands and farmers' perspectives, National Conference on " The status and Future Direction of Water Research in Sri Lanka". IIMI, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama LM, 1998, Role of Farmer Organisations in canal irrigation systems; a case study in Udawalawa Irrigation Scheme, National Conference on " The status and Future Direction of Water Research in Sri Lanka". IIMI, Sri Lanka.

 

Abeywickrama LM, 1997, Impact of Farmer Organisations on several farming locations in Udawalawa Irrigation and Settlement Scheme; Efficiency and Equity, Proceedings, SLAAS, (1997), Sri Lanka.

Environmental Economics, Statistics