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1. THE SOIL SURVEY LABORATORY AND SRICANSOL RESOURCE CENTER

The Soil Survey Laboratory and SRICANSOL Resource Centre was opened on 12th May 2005 by Mr. Tom Beach, the Executive Director of Agriculture Institute of Canada, Mr. Patrick Brochard, Director of the Program Support Unit of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya Prof. K.G.G. Goonasekara. This resource centre is a collaborative project between the University of Peradeniya and Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka built at an expense of Rs. 3.7 million where Rs. 2.65 million was donated by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. The money from the National Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research was also donated by the recipients for this building fund. This centre will house the office, library, soil archives, soil data base and publications of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka This will also be used as the Soil Survey Laboratory for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.

2. Land Resources Information Unit

The Land Resources Information Unit is a joint venture of the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Peradeniya and the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (SSSLL), Peradeniya and has established at the Natural Resources Management Centre, P.O.Box 52, No 05, Sarasavi Mawatha, Peradeniya. Purposes of this Unit are:

  1. To generate, collect, compile, process, analysis, storage, display and disseminate the land related information for the benefit of the DOA and the SSSSL.
  2. To provides facilities for conducting training, seminars and workshops related to land resources.

The land related information is available in the digital form of published data, databases, maps, fact sheets, posters, models, photographs, technical reports and bulletins, workshop proceedings, journals and textbo