Ministry of Agriculture (Sri Lanka)

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Ministry of Agriculture
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Ministry overview
Jurisdiction Government of Sri Lanka
Headquarters Govijana Mandiraya, 80/5 Rajamalwatta Avenue, Battaramulla, Colombo
6°54′00.30″N 79°54′56.30″E / 6.9000833°N 79.9156389°E / 6.9000833; 79.9156389Coordinates: 6°54′00.30″N 79°54′56.30″E / 6.9000833°N 79.9156389°E / 6.9000833; 79.9156389
Annual budget
  • Rs. 50 billion (2016, recurrent)
  • Rs. 4 billion (2016, capital)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executive
  • B. Wijayaratne, Secretary
Child agencies
  • Agriculture and Agrarian Insurance Board
  • Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited
  • Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company
  • Department of Agrarian Development
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research & Training Institute
  • Institute of Post‐Harvest Technology
  • Janatha Fertilizer Enterprises Limited
  • Lanka Phosphate Company Limited
  • National Fertilizer Secretariat
  • Pulses & Grain Research & Production Authority
  • Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy
  • Sri Lanka National Freedom from Hunger Campaign Board
Website agrimin.gov.lk

The Ministry of Agriculture is the central government ministry of Sri Lanka responsible for agriculture. The ministry is responsible for formulating and implementing national policy on home affairs and other subjects which come under its purview.[1] The current Minister of Agriculture and State Minister of Agriculture are Duminda Dissanayake and Wasantha Aluvihare respectively.[2][3] The ministry's secretary is B. Wijayaratne.[4]

Ministers[edit]

The Minister of Agriculture is a member of the Cabinet of Sri Lanka.

Ministers of Agriculture
Name Portrait Party Took office Left office Head of government Ministerial title Refs
D. S. Senanayake D S Senanayake.jpg 1931 1946 Minister of Agriculture and Lands [5]
Dudley Senanayake Dudley Shelton Senanayaka (1911-1973).jpg 1946 1947 [6]
United National Party 26 September 1947 26 March 1952 D. S. Senanayake [7][8]
P. B. Bulankulame 26 March 1952 1952 Dudley Senanayake [9]
Senator Oliver Goonetilleke Sir Oliver Goonetilleke.gif 19 June 1952 Minister of Agriculture and Food [9][10]
J. R. Jayewardene Junius Richard Jayawardana (1906-1996).jpg United National Party 1953 John Kotelawala [11]
Philip Gunawardena Philip Gunawardana (1901-1972).jpg Viplavakari Lanka Sama Samaja Party 12 April 1956 18 May 1959 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike [12][13][14][15][16]
C. P. de Silva Sri Lanka Freedom Party 9 June 1959 Minister of Agriculture [16]
December 1959 W. Dahanayake Minister of Agriculture and Lands [16]
M. D. Banda United National Party 23 March 1960 1960 Dudley Senanayake [16]
C. P. de Silva Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 July 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Minister of Agriculture, Land, Irrigation and Power [17]
Felix Dias Bandaranaike Hon.Felix Dias Bandaranaike.JPG Sri Lanka Freedom Party 28 May 1963 Minister of Agriculture, Food and Co-operative Development [18]
M. D. Banda United National Party Dudley Senanayake Minister of Agriculture and Food [19]
Hector Kobbekaduwa Sri Lanka Freedom Party Sirimavo Bandaranaike Minister of Agriculture and Lands [20][21]
Lionel Senanayake Edward Lionel Senanayaka in 1957.jpg United National Party 13 July 1977 J. R. Jayewardene [22]
D. B. Wijetunga United National Party Minister of Food, Agricultural Development and Research [23]
Lalith Athulathmudali United National Party 18 February 1989 Ranasinghe Premadasa Minister of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives [23]
R. M. Dharmadasa Banda United National Party 1990 Minister of Agriculture & Research [24]
D. M. Jayaratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 19 August 1994 D. B. Wijetunga Minister of Agriculture, Land and Forestry Conservation [25][26]
19 October 2000 14 September 2001 Chandrika Kumaratunga Minister of Agriculture [27]
14 September 2001 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Cooperative Development [28][29]
S. B. Dissanayake S.B. Dissanayake.jpg United National Party 12 December 2001 Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Welfare [30][31]
Douglas Devananda Douglas Devananda 2.jpg Eelam People's Democratic Party 10 April 2004 Minister of Agricultural Marketing Development, Hindu Affairs and Tamil Language Schools and Vocational Training (North) [32][33][34]
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Ratnasiri Wickremanayake1.jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 27 July 2005 Minister of Agriculture [35]
Maithripala Sirisena Maithripala- Russia (portrait).jpg Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 November 2005 Mahinda Rajapaksa Minister of Agriculture, Environment, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development [36]
28 January 2007 Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services [37][38][39]
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.JPG Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 April 2010 Minister of Agriculture [40][41][42][43][44][45]
Duminda Dissanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 12 January 2015 22 March 2015 Maithripala Sirisena Minister of Irrigation and Agriculture [46][47][48][49]
22 March 2015 Minister of Agriculture [50][51][52][53][54][55][56]

Key Objectives[edit]

The key objective of the Ministry of agriculture is to:

  • Supportive agricultural policy for food and allied agricultural crops,
  • Established food and nutrition security,
  • Stable prices for agricultural products,
  • Efficiently coordinated paddy purchasing and marketing programme,
  • Timely implementation of projects, Increase production in selected crops,
  • Efficient and effective implementation of accelerated food production programme,
  • Efficient and effective use of foreign funds,
  • Customer friendly and result oriented administrative system,
  • Results-based management in entire government sector. [65]

Secretaries[edit]

Agriculture Secretaries
Name Took office Left office Title Refs
K. E. Karunatilake 22 November 2010 Agriculture Secretary [57]
B. Wijayaratne 19 January 2015 Irrigation and Agriculture Secretary [58][59][60][61]
B. Wijayaratne 8 September 2015 Agriculture Secretary [62][63][64]

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