Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya

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Background

The University of Peradeniya is a state university in Sri Lanka, registered under the Ministry of Higher Education. Faculty of Agriculture is one of the nine faculties of the university.

Links to Tobacco Industry

Staff with Employment History in CTC

According to the faculty website, Mr. Lalith Rankoth who is an academic staff member at Department of Crop Science, has worked as a Research and Development Officer at the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC), the British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary that has monopoly in cigarette manufacturing and sales in Sri Lanka.[1]

Activities Related to Tobacco

Sponsoring an Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2014

According to a news article on the Faculty website, Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) sponsored The Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium FAuRS – 2014, held on 23rd December 2014.[2][3]

Tobacco Related Research

Department of Soil Science of the Faculty of Agriculture conducted a study in Galewela, a main tobacco cultivating area in Sri Lanka, to determine the impact on soil of incorporating tobacco as a rotation crop in rice cultivation. The results of the study were published at the fourth International Conference on Agriculture and Forestry held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 2017 (Image 1).[4]

Image 1: Abstract published in the Fourth International Conference on Agriculture and Forestry [3]

The conference was organised by The International Institute of Knowledge Management. This study concluded that incorporating tobacco in rice based crop rotation in Galewela region did not cause soil fertility degradation.

Two newspaper articles were published on this study in Daily FT and Daily Mirror with the similar content and different headings highlighting that tobacco cultivation does not adversely affect soil fertility (Image 2). [5][6][7]

TobaccoUnmasked team contacted the authors of the abstract for funding details of the study on “Effect on incorporating tobacco in rice based crop rotation on soil fertility in low country intermediate zone” but did not receive a response by December 2018.

Image 2: Newspaper article reporting the abstract.[5]

Management Trainee Programmes for Undergraduates

According to the website of the University Agribusiness Centre, CTC conducted a management trainee programme at the Department of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya on 07th October 2015 for the undergraduates.[8]

Image 3: CTC Management Trainee Programme for the Undergraduates of Faculty of Agriculture[8]

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Notes

  1. Lalith Rankoth, Staff, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
  2. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium (FAuRS) 2014 Accessed April 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Faculty of Agriculture Website. Undergraduate research symposium, Sponsors, Accessed April 2018
  4. WS Dandeniya, RS Dharmakeerthi, UWA Vitharana, AMCPK Attanayaka. Effect on incorporating tobacco in rice based crop rotation on soil fertility in low country intermediate zone. In 4th International conference on Agriculture and Forestry, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 24-25 August, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Daily FT. University study determines tobacco cultivation has no adverse impacts on soil fertility, accessed April 2018
  6. Daily Mirror. Tobacco cultivation has no adverse impacts on soil fertility: study Accessed April 2018
  7. Daily FT.Ceylon Tobacco Company continues to empower tobacco farmers by providing sustainable livelihoods for Accessed April 2018
  8. 8.0 8.1 Agribusiness Centre, University of Peradeniya CTC Management Trainee Programme, 07th October 2015, Accessed April 2018