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Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening
Horticulture is an integral part of agriculture and it is the science and art of producing fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and ornamental plants, improving and commercializing them. The diverse range of horticultural crops help enhance the quality of life by providing nutritious food, improving the beauty of communities and reducing the carbon footprint.
Having recognized the demanding values of the modern horticulture industry, the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening has designed its undergraduate curriculum to produce skilful graduates with scientific knowledge, practical know-how and the correct mind-set to cater to the regional, national and global needs. The department offers two specialization modules, namely Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, and Postharvest Horticulture. The undergraduate courses cover the areas of commercial fruit and vegetable production and floriculture, cereals and other field crops production, commercial nursery management, plant tissue culture, landscape horticulture and design, postharvest technology, food science, processing, preservation and value addition, safety and quality management, plant pathology and pest management, apiculture, and emerging technologies in horticultural crop production. Students improve their research and analytical skills by carrying out a full time research project under the supervision of our expert academic staff. The industry exposure provided during the latter part of the programme equip students with hands-on experience in horticulture and food industries. While developing academic skills, we take a holistic approach to strengthen our graduates with transferrable skills (soft skills) via a series of tailor-made programmes organized by the department.
Our highly qualified academic staff members possess a diverse array of expertise and they utilize in their research, teaching and outreach programmes. The department contributes its expertise to three undergraduate degree programmes, namely BSc Hons. (Agriculture), B Biosystems Technology and BSc Plantation Management (External). While conducting MPhil and PhD degrees by research we contribute to Master of Agri-Enterprise and Technology Management by offering the Lifestyle Agriculture Concentration.
Dr. Kamani Ratnayake
Head / Department of Horticulture and Landscape Gardening
Horticulture is an application science – the science developed by horticulturists is applied to plant production, improvement, marketing and the enhancement of communities. Horticulture also contributes to quality of life, and the beauty, sustainability and rehabilitation of the environment. It impacts our lives on a daily basis by providing nutritious food, offering visual enjoyment, and promoting recreational activities. On top of these values, the importance of horticulture as a commercial industry is now highlighted than ever before due to its economic value generated by high value crops produced, job opportunities created and aesthetic pleasures. Professionally trained, skilful workforce is a vital requirement for the expansion of the industry. Our objective of the specialization programme is to develop the students’ ability to understand, use and contribute to the expanding scientific and technological contents of the discipline and to make significant contributions towards growing demands of the horticulture sector nationally and globally. We take pride in our prestigious alumni who significantly contribute to the society as professional horticulturists, scientists, researchers, academics, managers, educators, trainers and successful entrepreneurs, both in Sri Lanka and overseas. I invite you to join our team and explore the endless opportunities.
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