Redefining agricultural & environmental policies: Emerging challenges and new horizons
International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment
ISAE 2020
14th February 2020 at the Faculty of Agriculture, Mapalana, Sri Lanka
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International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE 2020)

14th February 2020 from 08:30 am onwards

at the Faculty of Agriculrure, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Sri Lanka

Challenges and Context

Agriculture is perceived as a synchronous process which encompasses the lives and activities of every strata of the society. Attempts to develop the agriculture sector while protecting the environment should therefore consider parallel sustainable developments in all-possible interconnected sectors which include production, marketing, education, innovation and so forth. However, in the process of Agricultural development, it seems a huge threat to the environmental sustainability. Therefore, a solid policy framework assures the balance between the agricultural development and the sustainability of the environment. The existing policies seem not addressing the environmental issues. Therefore, redefining policy structure is must in the agricultural and environmental sectors in order to stand as the sustainable nation.


The objective of this international symposium is to bring together national and international academics and researchers in agriculture and environment sciences, and agricultural and environmental professionals to redefine agricultural and environmental policies that help toface emerging challenges and promote new horizons that foster enhanced agricultural and environmental performance.

Having recognized this incongruity, the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna attempts to pave the way to resolve this issue collectively with the stakeholder community in the agriculture and the environment sectors. We at the Faculty of Agriculture believe that, ISAE 2020, our annual congregation platform, is the ideal platform to initiate this movement. Hence, ISAE 2020 focuses on exploring the possibilities of establishing a down-to-earth and long-lastingpolicy network dedicated to resolve conflicts between agriculture and natural environment while redefining the existing policies.

Important Dates

15th September 2019 - Deadlines for paper submission

1st November 2019 - Early Bird Registration starts

31st December 2019 - Early Bird Registration ends

1st January 2020 - Regular Registration starts


Tentative Program of ISAE 2020

  • 08:00 am - 08:40 am Commencement of registration/ arrival of participants
  • 08:40 am - 10:15 am Arrival of guests and commencement of Inaugural Session
  • 10:15 am - 10:45 am Tea break
  • 10:45 am - 01:30 pm Morning technical sessions
  • 01:30 pm - 02:30 pm Lunch
  • 02:30 pm - 04:00 pm Afternoon technical sessions
  • 04:00 pm - 04:15 pm Working tea
  • 05:00 pm Conclusion of the sessions



  • Plant Resource Management through Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Soil, Water and Environment
  • Agricultural economics and Social Sciences
  • Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovative Technologies for smart agriculture and environment
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Livestock and Dairy production technologies





  • Redefining agricultural & environmental policies: Emerging challenges and new horizons (main theme) - Codes, acts, guidelines - amendments and enforcements of agricultural and environmental policies, Trade-offs and synergies between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of a policy geared towards sustainability. Science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services...

  • Plant Resource Management through Climate Smart-Agriculture - Crop improvements and biotechnology, Pests, diseases and risk management, Plantations management, Floriculture and landscaping, organic farming and good agricultural practices, Climate change impacts on Agriculture, disasters and resilience, modeling and predictions, indigenous knowledge explorations, global warming, Mitigation and adaptation to climate change, ...

  • Soil, Water and Environment-  Irrigation and water management, hydrology, soil , health and performance, interactions of soil- water- atmosphere, fertilizer and environment, natural resource conservation and management, Biodiversity, Bio-solids, Sustainability of healthy soils for agricultural production

  • Agricultural economics and Social Sciences-  Environmental economics, extension and knowledge dissemination, Gender in Agriculture, Rural empowerment, green economy, mathematical modeling in agriculture, poverty and wellbeing, Identification, quantification and valuation of the demand for and supply of agri-environmental services, Economic significance of agricultural trade, The removal of non-tariff measures and barriers to trade

  • Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship - product development and advertising, value-chain management, Agro-tourism, Human Resource Management, marketing, financial management …

  • Innovative Technologies for smart agriculture and environment - GPS and GIS technology for agricultural innovation, Nanotechnology and molecular sciences, Power and machinery in agriculture, models and simulations, waste management, renewable energy and energy management, green production, green buildings, Environmentally and climate-friendly technologies and practices: opportunities and constraints, . New technologies for agro-environmental studies, Risk assessment and environmental management …

  • Food and Nutrition - Production and processing, postharvest management, health and Hygiene, food and nutrition safety, food quality and control, Food global trade and security …

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture - Fish breeding, Fish processing, Culturing of aquatic biota, Coastal resource management, Shrimp and shell-fish farming, Ornamental and table fish farming, fisheries management, fisheries economics, coastal zone management, climate change impact on fisheries

  • Livestock and Dairy production technologies-  Livestock production systems, Dairy development, Dairy and meat industry, Livestock product processing, Animal reproduction, Animal genetics and breeding, Grassland management, Animal feed processing

  • Oil palm cultivation and industry-  Agronomic research on oil palm, mill efflualent management , stakeholder perception on oil palm, Present situation of oil palm industry, New research trends and innovations, Environmental, economic and social issues of oil palm, sustainable palm oil industry, palm oil market implications, production technologies and value addition, challenges and probable solutions of oil palm industry

  • Network for smart Agriculture-  Physical and online networks, updated networking concepts, lessons learned , challenges and new horizons of ICT in agriculture and automation, Agricultural Development through ICT Application, Management of knowledge network, Digital agriculture ecosystem

Keynote Speakers

  • Main Event

    Nishan Dissanayake

    Senior Policy Advisor at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka

    Nishan Dissanayake is the Senior Policy Advisor for Agriculture in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Prior to join with the Embassy, he worked for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant. Nishan received his BSc. Agriculture Degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Peradeniya. He is a holder of Certified Professional Marketer (CPM) license for Asia and the Pacific region issued by Asian Marketing Federation in Singapore.

    Nishan’s career interests include promotion of agricultural education cooperation between Netherlands and Sri Lanka with a focus on transferring Dutch knowledge and technology into the Sri Lankan agriculture sector.

    Nishan resides with his family in Colombo. In his free time, he loves to explore the countryside to experience the nature and wildlife.

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    Prof. Athula Ginige

    Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia

    Athula Ginige is Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia and he leads the Social Computing and Knowledge Ecosystems Research Program at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. This program focuses on developing knowledge driven Social Computing solutions delivered via mobile based systems to a range of applied problems including “Grand Challenges” in diverse areas such as agriculture, healthcare, business and education. His current research areas include both autonomous and participatory sensor networks, knowledge aggregation and event detection, large scale knowledge organisation based on ontologies and semantic web technologies, context modelling, designing mobile based systems for user empowerment and Social Computing. Digital Knowledge Ecosystems integrate all these technologies and methodologies to provide innovative and sometimes disruptive solutions to real world challenges.

    Prof Ginige has previously done some pioneering work to establish the discipline area of Web Engineering which he is now extending to mobile based applications. He has also done extensive research in the areas of e-Business and e-Transformation. In 2016 he won the Australian Computer Society Digital Disrupter Gold award for developing the Digital Knowledge Ecosystem for Agribusiness. He has over 250 Journal and Conference publications and given many keynotes at conferences. He has successfully supervised 15 PhD students. He graduated with B.Sc. Engineering first class honours from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England in 1987

  • Soil, Water, and Environment

    Prof. Morihiro Maeda

    Professor of Soil Science at the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University, Japan

    Prof. Morihiro received bachelor and master degrees in 1991 and 1993, respectively in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in Engineering at Kyoto University in 2002. He had worked as a technical researcher at the National Agricultural Research Center from 1993 to 2008. He had stayed as a visiting researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for a year of 1998. He moved as associate professor to the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science of Okayama University in 2008, and became professor at the same university in 2016. His main research interests are nitrate leaching in upland fields, nitrous oxide emissions from organic matter, stable isotope ratios of biophilic elements, etc. He authored or coauthored over 50 original papers in refereed journals and 9 books. He is a member of editorial boards of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (2007-2011, 2015-present) and Hydrological Research Letters (2016-present). He serves chair of Soil Environment Division of the Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN) (2015-present) and had been vice-chair of the same division from 2004-2015. He received Honorable Award from the JSSSPN (2004) and Achievement Award for Young Scientists from the Foundation of Agricultural Sciences of Japan (2004). He contributed as an organizer to 8 international workshops and symposiums. At Okayama University, Dr. Maeda is head of active research projects on groundwater pollution with nitrogen in Vietnam and nitrous oxide emissions in soil disinfestation, and teaches Introductory Soil Science and Soil Quality & Management for undergraduate students, and Soil Use & Management and Soil Functions for graduate students. He is a chief coordinator of a bilateral Master’s program between Okayama and Hue Universities.

  • Food and Nutrition

    Dr. Ranil Coorey

    Senior Lecturer, School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS), Bentley Campus, Curtin University Australia

    Dr Ranil Coorey completed his primary and secondary education at St Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka before continuing with his BSc in Food Technology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, which he completed in 1991. He then went on to pursuing his Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology at Curtin University, Perth, Australia and completed the same in 1996. Further, Dr Coorey completed his PhD at Curtin University in 2008. Dr Coorey has worked in the food industry in different countries for many years before joining Curtin University as an academic, where he continues to lecture in food processing and food safety. Currently, he working there as a Senior Lecturer and the Course Coordinator and former Discipline Leader of the Food Science and Technology program. During his long career in the food industry, he has developed commercial food safety management systems and food products while working mainly in research and development and product innovation. Being a University academic as well as a researcher, he is, currently, engaged in a variety of industry-funded projects on chicken and seafood cold-chain-management and safety. Moreover, he also holds an international collaborative research project on safe chicken processing, which includes Australia and several African countries, namely, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. Dr Coorey’s other research projects include a large Australian government grant on red meat safety and industry-funded Australian native food processing and safety. Being a prolific academic writer, he has published extensively in high impact internationally peer reviewed SCI journals. Dr Coorey has supervised numerous MSc and PhD students from around the world. Further, he closely worked with many Sri Lankan scientists both at Curtin University and Sri Lanka. Dr Coorey was instrumental in establishing a link program between the University of Ruhuna and Curtin University and an MOU to this effect was signed in 2017. As part of the link programme, collaborative research on chicken meat safety, novel food product development etc will be carried out both in Sri Lanka and Australia. Moreover, staff and student exchange programmes, joint undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will also be established between these two Universities.

  • Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship

    Dr. M. Salauddin Palash

    Professor in Agribusiness and Marketing, Department of Agribusiness and Marketing, Faculty of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology,Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangladesh


  • Livestock and Dairy Management

    Dr. Apurba Giri

    Assistant Professor & Head, Dept. of Nutrition, and Coordinator, Dept. of Food Processing, Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya

    Dr. Apurba Giri is presently working as Assistant Professor & Head, Dept. of Nutrition and Coordinator, Dept. of Food Processing, Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya (UGC recognized as College with Potential for Excellence; Affiliated to Vidyasagar University). He did B.Tech (Dairy Tech.) from West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, M.Tech (Dairy Tech.) from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Ph.D (Dairy Tech.) from National Dairy Research Institute, and Post-Doc (Agri. and Food Eng.) from IIT-Kharagpur. He worked as Technical Officer at City Dairy, Howrah and Sr. Officer at Banas Dairy, Gujarat. He traveled to Denmark Technical University, Denmark to present his Post-Doctoral research work with the help to UGC International Travel Grant. He is life member of World Science Congress, Indian Dairy Association, Dairy Technology Society of India, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), The Indian Science Congress Association and Nutrition Society of India. He has achieved 13 awards in National and International level (including Best Thesis Award from NDRI, oral presentation, poster presentation etc.). He organized 11 Workshop / Conference / Seminar / Short-term course. He attended 11 International Conferences, 21 National seminars/conferences and 11 workshops/short courses. He published 21 research papers in International Journal (having SCI journal, i.e. Food Chemistry, Food and Bioprocess Technology, Journal of Food Science and Technology, Journal of Food Process Engineering, International Journal of Dairy Technology, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation), 3 research papers in National Journals, 7 popular articles, 5 book chapters, 20 other publications (proceeding, Bulletin, NDRI News, etc.). He was presenter as invited speaker in 4 seminars/camps; oral presenter in 6 International conferences, 11 National conferences/seminars, 2 Departmental seminars; poster presenter in 12 International conferences, 23 National conferences/seminars. A project (duration 3 years) funded by Dept. of Science & Technology and Biotechnology (Govt. of West Bengal) is undergoing under his supervision. His areas of research interest are traditional Indian dairy products, frozen dairy products, dairy by-products, cheese and fermented dairy products, dried milk and milk products, algal technology, functional foods etc.

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Article Submission Guidelines

Please Stick to the Guidelines


  • Research findings (for researchers – abstracts/extended abstracts**)

    ** The printed version of the proceedings will include only the abstracts. However, the authors should submit an extended abstract to assist the review process. If any author wishes to publish the full paper, the publication committee will take necessary steps to direct those to the TARE Journal, however the final decision of publication process will be solely depend on the Editorial board of the TARE. 

  • Experiences and views (for planters/investors/extension officers/administrators… - synopses)
All the extended abstracts submitted to ISAE 2020 will be subjected to double blind peer review process and, will be published under the condition that all the suggestions made by reviewers are properly addressed and, all the criteria laid by the ISAE editorial board are fulfilled. 

The synopses which were written based on experiences, case-specific issues, views and ideas will be reviewed by a special committee comprised of experts from various fields in agriculture. The committee will give a feedback to the author after the review process regarding the status of the publication. The authors whose synopses are accepted for publication should present their articles either as oral or poster presentations.

Guidelines for the preparation and submission of Extended Abstracts/ Synopsis

The contents of the EXTENDED ABSTRACTS

  • Title page: Title, author name/s and addresses (institutional affiliations), email addresses of all the authors.

  • Abstract: Maximum of 350 words.

  • Keywords: Maximum of 5 keywords.

  • Introduction: Maximum of 350 words.

  • Materials and Methods: Maximum of 350 words.

  • Results, Discussion and Conclusion/s: Maximum of 800 words. Only one table or figure could be included in this section.

  • References: Maximum of five key references could be included (Please use Harvard Author Date system).

  • Figures and tables may be embedded in the text body and the respective captions and cross-references should be correctly indicated.

  • Figures: Please send the images in jpg format with at least 1024 x 768 size in pixels. Graphs prepared by applications other than MS Excel should be sent as jpg images.

  • Please use the given format for the cross-references and captions Figure 01. / Table 01.

Page settings

  • Page size: A4/ 2.5 cm margin in all sides.

  • Font: Times new roman/ Size 12.

  • Line spacing: 1.5

  • Text alignment: Justified.


The guidelines for the SYNOPSES

  • Length: 500 words

  • Content: You may write a on an important topic covered under any of the thematic areas stated above or any other area related to the agriculture and environment. Please note that "reviews" do not fall into this category. This opportunity is given to the professionals who are not directly engaged in research, yet have valuable views and experiences to share with the community and, could generate new ideas for research and policy making. During the preparation of the synopsis, please make sure to include the evidences as much as possible to strengthen and validate your statements.     

  • Page size: A4/ 2.5 cm margin in all sides.

  • Font: Times new roman/ Size 12.

  • Line spacing: 1.5

  • Text alignment: Justified.

  • Review process: The write-ups will be reviewed by experts in the subject area and the publication committee will take the final decision to publish the article.

  • Publication procedure: The selection for the publication will be based on the quality of the content, which will be evaluated through timeliness of the topic, novelty of ideas, severity of the issues, the evidences provided and so forth. The authors of the qualified articles will be instructed to present the topic as oral or poster presentation under relevant session. Mode of presentation will be notified along with the acceptance notice.

Electronic Submission procedure

  1. Click on the below given link "Click here for online article management system " to enter the submission web page
  2. Click on "Make Submission" link - You will be asked to submit author information, abstract (as text), keywords, password for the system login etc.
  3. Click "Make Submission" Button after filling the form properly (IMPORTANT: remember your submission ID and the password you entered). You will receive a confirmation email.
  4. Click on the "OpenConf Home" link of the submission page
  5. Click on "Upload File" link
  6. Enter your submission ID and password
  7. Use "Browse" button to locate the MS Word file containing your extended abstract in your hard disk. IMPORTANT: Only MSWord files prepared from version 2007 and later (xxx.docx) are accepted.
  8. Click "Upload file" button after selecting the file to be upload.
  9. If file submission was successful you will get a message " Submission ID XX has been uploaded."
You can edit the information if necessary, after logging into the system with submission ID and the password you specified. 


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(An acknowledgement will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail (or by regular mail, if necessary) once the extended abstract/synopsis and author information are received by the ISAE - 2020 secretariat) 

Although we strongly encourage you to use the online submission system, you may send your writeups (hard copies) through post to the following address.

Prof. Ganganee Samaraweera
Coordinator – ISAE 2020 
Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture 
University of Ruhuna 
Mapalana, Kamburupitiya 81100 

For further clarifications on the guidelines for abstract submission, please contact: 

Prof. Ganganee Samaraweera 
Coordinator – ISAE 2020 
Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 214, E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 838 7487 

Dr. Anuga Liyanage
Secretary – ISAE 2020
Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 801 7621


For Foreign Participants

Following links may be useful to those participating from outside the country

Sri Lankan Visa


Map to the Faculty of Agriculture

Web portal of the Government of Sri Lanka

Note: Video conferencing could be made available. Please contact organizers for more details and arrangements


Registration Fee

Since the very beginning, the goal of the organizing committee of the ISAE is to ensure that the participants enjoy a productive time in a comfortable environment with minimum burden on the participants. Hence, we offer a nominal registration fee, especially for the young emerging researchers. 

Early-Bird (1st Nov to 31st Dec, 2019) Regular (From 1st Jan 2020)
Participants/presenters/authors 4000 LKR 6000 LKR
a) External/postgraduate 2000 LKR 4000 LKR
b) Immediately pass out from Faculty of Agriculture 2000 LKR 3000 LKR
Foreign participants/presenters/authors
Other 75 USD 100 USD
Foreign Students
Other 75 USD 100 USD

Online payment system/Bank Payment will be activated by 1st November 2019

Important: Symposium pack will not be available for the persons who do not register. Abstracts belonging to unregistered authors will be removed from the online version of the proceedings. The presenters who are unable to attend the event due to unavoidable reasons, should attempt to send a proxy or, in the event of being unable to participate anybody, the authors should inform the organizers as early as possible to decide on the future course of action. Virtual presentation opportunity can be arranged on request, provided that the registration fee has been paid in advance.




Diyaluma Falls is 220 m (720 ft) high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world. It is situated 6 km (3.7 mi) away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya. It is nearly 3 hour journey from faculty to the place.
It has different levels and natural pools on the top. Water coming down with great force on the rocks is amazing to experience on the foot but exploring the top is new and you need to be a fit to reach this. Top of the waterfall is amazing place for enjoying a full day.

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Past Symposia

Timeline for the past events.

  • ISAE 2019

    28 February 2019

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2019. "Networking for smart agriculture and sustainability of bioresources"

  • ISAE 2018

    18 January 2018

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment – 2018. “Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture Towards Food Security”

  • ISAE 2017

    19 January 2017

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2017. “Greener Agriculture and Environment through Convergence of Technologies

  • ISAE 2016

    13 January 2016

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2016. “Towards a Knowledge-based Bioeconomy”: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

  • ISAE 2014

    27 November 2014

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2014. "Ensuring Sustainable Development through Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services".

  • ISAE 2013

    28 November 2013

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2013. "Agriculture and Eco-system Health: Balancing the Issues"

  • ISAE 2012

    29 November 2012

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2012. "Research to meet Global Challenges"

  • ISAE 2011

    09 November 2011

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2011. "Green Technologies for Sustainable Development"

  • International Symposium 2010

    16 November 2010

    International Symposium 2010. "Sustainable Agriculture for Prosperity"

  • Second National Symposium 2009

    10 September 2009

    National Symposium 2009. "Food for Nation through Innovative Agriculture".

  • National Symposium 2008

    23 October 2008

    National Symposium 2008. "New Frontiers in Agriculture from Farm to Fork"

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ISAE 2020 is administered by a Symposium Organizing Committee (SOC) chaired by the Coordinator. SOC is comprised of the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Heads of Departments, Chairpersons of all sub-committees of ISAE 2020. For further information on ISAE 2020, please contact:

Prof. Gangani Samaraweera

Coordinator – ISAE 2020

Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 2145, E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 838 7487

Dr. Anuga Liyanage

Secretary – ISAE 2020

Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 801 7621

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