13 Feb 2008

Role of plants in traditional livestock production

Plants have been used from ancient time to sustain local livestock production in various aspects. Historically, traditional veterinary practices were mainly based on the “Hela Vedakama” in which plants played a vital role. Phyto-based traditional veterinary practices
13 Feb 2008

Drought analysis in relation to crop production: Anuradhapura district

In order to identify the risk on drought for crop production in Anuradhapura district, daily rainfall data over 35 years in seven rain gauge stations were analyzed. The selected stations were Anuradhapura, Mahailluppallama, Nochchiyagama, Kalawewa, Elayapaththuwa, Padaviya
13 Feb 2008

Multi-use two wheel tractor operated fertilizer applicator for Coconut cultivation

Unfortunately, it is observed that application of comical fertilizers is low in the coconut sector partly due to high wages and scarcity of labour. The purpose of mechanization in coconut cultivation is to produce more from existing
5 Feb 2008

Formulation of a fertilizer package for hybrid varieties of pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima)

Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima) is a popular low country vegetable in Sri Lanka and it has become a fundamental crop species in the farming systems of dry and intermediate zones. Introduced hybrid pumpkin varieties are becoming popular in
5 Feb 2008

Multi-use two wheel tractor operated fertilizer applicator for Coconut cultivation

Unfortunately, it is observed that application of comical fertilizers is low in the coconut sector partly due to high wages and scarcity of labour. The purpose of mechanization in coconut cultivation is to produce more from existing
5 Feb 2008

Design and development of power tiller operated multipurpose whole stick harvester especially for sugarcane

In Sri Lanka cane harvesting is done manually using various types of hand knives. This method of harvesting not only consumes much time but also requires much skilled labourers. But nowadays labourers are becoming scarce and costly,
5 Feb 2008

Behaviour of cattle in an agro-forestry system

Objective of the present study was to understand the behavior of dairy cattle tethered under agro-forestry systems. Three genetically uncharacterized, indigenous, non-lactating cows and two bulls (mean live weight 199±29) were tethered close to a water stream
5 Feb 2008

Agro- forestry system to protect both the Sinharaja forest and the peripheral villages (a case study of the southern part of Sinharaja)

Sinharaja, a ‘Tropical Wet Ever Green Rain Forest’ situated between latitude 6º 21´ -6º 26´ N and longitude 80º 31´ – 80º 34´ E in Sri Lanka is surrounded by more than 27 peripheral villages. The villagers
5 Feb 2008

Problems and improvement potentials of Kandyan homegardens at Yatinuwara area

Kandyan homegardens are the most predominant upland cropping system which supposed to be highly adapted, diversified, economically and environmental viable land use system. Objectives of this study were to identify problems and improvement potentials to this important
5 Feb 2008

Effect of free range poultry system on land use efficiency and floral diversity in Rubber plantations

Plantation crops like rubber were traditionally grown in monocultures to avoid any risk on their productivity. However, with the smallholder farmers being involved in rubber cultivation, the idea of farming system evolved with the maximizing the overall