About Rice Research and Development Institute

RRDI comprises of main research and administration located at Batalagoda,the Regional RiceResearch and Development Center located at Bombuwela and 6 research stations located at Bentota, Ambalantota Labuduwa, Samanthure, Paranthan and Murukan.

The Director ( Rice Research and Development ) is responsible for overall research and administrative functions of the Institute. The Deputy Directors (Research) at Batalagoda, Bombuwela and Ambalantota look over the research activities at their respective centers/stations. Assistant Director of Agriculture(Research) in charge at Bentota,Labuduwa,Samanthurei,Paranthan and Murukan look over research activities at their respective research stations.

The Institute continues to play a major role in the country’s rice sector by releasing new high yielding rice varieties and introducing improved rice production and protection technologies to help farmers realize the yield potentials of the area. The research and development program at RRDI focuses on increasing farm productivity from current 4.3 t/ha to 5.0 t/ha within the next 5 years while reducing cost of production and improving grain quality of rice.

In an effort to attain a quantum jump in rice yields, breeding program has been focused to develop varieties with a few tillers, sturdy culm and heavy panicles - a plant architecture designated as the new-plant type. Both traditional varieties and introduced lines from International Rice Research Institute are used in the breeding program. The hybrid rice research program has been further strengthened.

Effort are made to develop techniques that will help increase rice plant’s nutrient use efficiency. A need base fertilizer application methods are being tested. This would help maximize effectiveness of fertilizers applied and reduce cost of production. Other agronomic practices to reduce production costs are being tested.

The Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI) strive to bring about self-reliance in rice despite changes in trade policies that adversely affected the rice grower. It pursues this goal by consistently developing technology for obtaining high yield with excellent quality. When we look back at the DOA’s achievements in this field over the last 50 years, we see a ten-fold increase in rice production and a five and-a- half-fold increase in average yields. The increase in yield per unit area can be attributed to large-scale adoption of improved production technologies.

At present the country produces required amount of rice. However, to meet the growing needs of the population, it is necessary to produce more in the future. This is a serious challenge as several biotic, a biotic and social factors continue to limit the productivity, and we are forced to increase rice production with less land, labor and water and limited use of chemicals.

The RRDI, therefore, continues to strengthen research and development activities in respect of varietal improvement, soil fertility and its sustainability, pest, disease and weed management, post harvest and grain quality and production technologies.
National Prosperity through Excellence in Rice Production.
To be the National Center for the Development and Dissemination of Technologies to Improve the Productivity and Profitability of Rice Farming and Quality of Rice.

Director (Rice Research & Development)
Phone  – 037-2258561

Fax - 037-2259881

E-mail - rice@sltnet.lk