The L3 farmer program in the Southern area is targeted for Agri-Business. The main objective of the program is to uplift the farm income of cultivators via an agricultural extension program based on distance learning techniques (computer software, internet, etc.).”
L3F Ruhuna Project conducted important events for farmers to improve their economic value of the business. Since 2008 the project is continuing the various events for benefits of farmers. Workshops and seminars were the great points to solve farmers’ problems and get rid of their fear to expose to the market. Small scale business men start their businesses as self-employment. And everyone has a little bit fear to enhance their business because they think that they were along in the fields.
Therefore L3F Ruhuna project gave the best opportunity to people gathering, sharing ideas with each other’s and improving the knowledge production and marketing sector. Project has a grate bond with Agricultural centers. Therefore project pass to give best performance to the farmers, small scale farmers etc.
The COL is a Commonwealth agency established in 1989 and located in Canada. The purpose of COL is to “create and widen access to opportunities for learning, making use of the potential offered by distance education and by the application of communication technologies to education. COL’s activities will…strengthen member countries’ capacities to develop the human resources…”
The Ruhuna University is well known as the academic excellence in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1978. The University comprises ten Faculties as Agriculture, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Management and Finance, Fisheries and Marine Sciences Technology, Graduate Studies, Technology and Allied Health Science.
Faculty of Agriculture is involved in many community based programs which aimed at providing information and skills required for the farming activities in the region. This enhances the capacity of entrepreneurship, especially, evolving small scale producers as the partners of the respective industry. Members of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension implement community.
“Learning for development of Farmers”
To help governments and institutions expand the scope, scale, quality of learning by using new approaches and technologies, especially those subsumed under the general term of Open and Distance Learning (ODL).”
Increased farmer income to Rs. 30,000(USD 200) per month/per farmer
Increased the scale of operation from 500 to 2000 mushroom bags
Expanded the voice mail intervention through Mobile phones to 5000 farmers, national-wide
Included more than 60 percent women famers in the programme
Farmers started community seed production unit with the technical advice of the Faculty
Incorporated stakeholders through establishment of consortium (banks, food chains, Department of Agriculture, Vidatha center)
Social capital was established through formation of societies and Vidatha Centers
Certificate awarded for business plan development
Human capital was increased through demonstrations, training programme, cross visits, web page development etc
Received the commonwealth award