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History of Coconut Research Institute

The Coconut Research Institute (CRI) is a National Institute founded in 1929 as the Coconut Research Scheme under the Coconut Research Ordinance No. 24 of 1928. The scheme established its headquarters at Bandirippuwa Estate, Lunuwila (North Western Province) and began its research activities with three Technical Divisions namely, Genetics, Chemistry and Soil Chemistry for assisting coconut growers with technical information on coconut cultivation. Following the enactment of the coconut Research Act No. 37 in 1950, it was renamed as the CRI of Ceylon. Since its establishment all scientific research on coconut in Sri Lanka were centered in it and gained national as well as international reputation for coconut research. Under the Coconut Development Act No. 46 promulgated in 1971, the Coconut Research Board was set up in 1972 to function as the Board of Management of the CRI. The CRI is a semi-autonomous research institution coming under the purview of Ministry of Plantation Industries.

Message from the Chairman

The Coconut Research Institute (CRI) is a National Institute founded in 1929 as the Coconut Research Scheme under the Coconut Research Ordinance No. 24 of 1928. The scheme established its headquarters at Bandirippuwa Estate, Lunuwila (North Western Province) and began its research activities with three Technical Divisions namely, Genetics, Chemistry and Soil Chemistry for assisting coconut growers with technical information on coconut cultivation. Following the enactment of the coconut Research Act No. 37 in 1950, it was renamed as the CRI of Ceylon. Since its establishment all scientific research on coconut in Sri Lanka were centered in it and gained national as well as international reputation for coconut research. Under the Coconut Development Act No. 46 promulgated in 1971, the Coconut Research Board was set up in 1972 to function as the Board of Management of the CRI. The CRI is a semi-autonomous research institution coming under the purview of Ministry of Plantation Industries.

Message from the Director

The Coconut Research Institute (CRI) is a National Institute founded in 1929 as the Coconut Research Scheme under the Coconut Research Ordinance No. 24 of 1928. The scheme established its headquarters at Bandirippuwa Estate, Lunuwila (North Western Province) and began its research activities with three Technical Divisions namely, Genetics, Chemistry and Soil Chemistry for assisting coconut growers with technical information on coconut cultivation. Following the enactment of the coconut Research Act No. 37 in 1950, it was renamed as the CRI of Ceylon. Since its establishment all scientific research on coconut in Sri Lanka were centered in it and gained national as well as international reputation for coconut research. Under the Coconut Development Act No. 46 promulgated in 1971, the Coconut Research Board was set up in 1972 to function as the Board of Management of the CRI. The CRI is a semi-autonomous research institution coming under the purview of Ministry of Plantation Industries.

Board of Directors

Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma

Chairman Cococont Research
Board

Dr. (Ms.) Sanathanie Ranasinghe

Director Coconut Research Insitute
Sri Lanka

Mr. Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe

Chairman Coconut Development
Authority

Prof. A. V. K. Madhavie Herath

Chairman Coconut Cultivation
Board

Dr. S F N Silva

Past President of Coconut Growers’ Association

Mr. Prabath Wimal Kumar

Secretory/Director CARP
Sri Lanka

Mr. Bandula Egodage

Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Communications, Nestle Lanka PLC

Mr. Chitral Jayawarna

Member of CARP
Sri Lanka

R A L Udaya Kumara

Ministry of Finance
(Treasury Representative)

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