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The University of Ruhuna established in 1978, is located in the heart of Southern Sri Lanka and recognized as the intellectual pulse of the region. This seat of higher learning is committed to achieving academic excellence, innovative research and promoting international co-operation/partnerships. The Faculty of Agriculture is one amongst the eight Faculties of Ruhuna University, located in a rural setting rich in green vegetation at Mapalana about 17km north of Matara. Agriculture Faculty is the main center of human resources development and research in the field of agriculture in the southern region and consists of seven Departments of Study.


The first issue of the journal, "Tropical Agricultural Research & Extension" was published by the Faculty in 1998 and since then, eight volumes of the journal have been released. With the passage of time, the journal has received wide publicity amongst agricultural scientists, particularly in Tropical and Sub-Tropical regions of the world. Since 2003, the design and lay-out of the cover page has been changed and started to publish four volume online and one issue per year as a cost cutting measure. As a means of effectively popularizing the journal and disseminating scientific knowledge, the Faculty of Agriculture entered into an agreement with CABI publishing in UK to publish full text of the papers in the journal on-line and make the journal articles readily available to users through the CABI abstracts database. Finally, authors of published articles/ institutions/individuals are highly encouraged to purchase a copy of the journal to strengthen the funding source and ensure continuity of the journal.


Prof. KL Wasantha Kumara

Professor in Agricultural Biology


Tel : +94 (0)41 229 2382

Fax: +94 (0)41 229 2382


E mail: wasantha@agbio.ruh.ac.lk













Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka

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Print ISSN 1391-3646 Online ISSN 2386-1533