CIC Holdings wins award for agri research work | Sunday Observer

CIC Holdings wins award for agri research work

Senior Research Consultant Dr. Sumith Abeysiriwardena  receives the award from Chairman, SLCARP, Dr. Gerry Jayawardena. State  Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Bandulasena and Secretory, Ministry  of Agriculture, B. Wijayaratne look on.
Senior Research Consultant Dr. Sumith Abeysiriwardena receives the award from Chairman, SLCARP, Dr. Gerry Jayawardena. State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture,Bandulasena and Secretory, Ministry of Agriculture, B. Wijayaratne look on.

CIC Holdings PLC was adjudged the winner of the most innovative research in Non-Plantation Agriculture sector by the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) at a ceremony at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Colombo recently.

The awarding ceremony followed a competition organised by the SLCARP to recognize exceptional contributions made by individuals and organizations in public and private sectors in the field of agriculture research.

NGOs, Private Sector Organisations, Scientists, research institutions, Departments and Universities participated in the competition which awarded high flyers under three distinct categories namely Plantation Agriculture and Forestry, Non-Plantation Agriculture as well as Livestock and Fisheries.

Rice R&D work of CIC Agri business is supervised by Dr. Sumith Abeysiriwardena, Research consultant of the company. CIC Agri business has now expanded its R&D activities for vegetable sector as well and expect to release to the market a couple of high yielding vegetable hybrids in the near future.

The SLCARP the apex body that spearheads agriculture research in Sri Lanka conducted this competition after calling application for research project conducted in Sri Lanka within the past three years. CIC emerged the winner of the Non-Plantation Agriculture category winning a cash prize of Rs. 200,000.

CIC Agri Businesses has ventured into agriculture research and development (R&D) since 2006 and has developed superior quality rice to the local and export markets.

CIC won the first prize in recognition of its three premier rice varieties developed and marketed by it.

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