The annual Local Farm Visits, organized by the Agriculture and Environmental Technology specialization in the Department of Biosystems Technology at the Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, represent a valuable initiative aimed at fostering farmer engagement and sustainable agricultural practices. These visits are a vital platform for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience and practical insights into the field of agriculture. Simultaneously, they play a crucial role in benefitting local cattle farmers and their communities. The significance of local cattle farms cannot be overstated, as they serve as linchpins in the agricultural and economic fabric of the region. These farms not only ensure a steady source of income for farmers but also diversify livelihoods, boost local economies, and create employment opportunities, thereby contributing significantly to rural development and stability. Through these visits, the University bridges the gap between theory and real-world agricultural practices, benefiting both students and the farming community, ultimately helping to build a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.
In an era demanding sustainable waste management, a brilliant solution has emerged within the Faculty of Technology – diverting canteen waste to local piggery farms. This innovative approach not only reduces waste and lowers disposal costs for the canteen but also fosters an eco-friendly solution. Pigs, known for their omnivorous appetites, relish this nutritious buffet, creating a mutually beneficial relationship. The canteen reduces its environmental impact, while piggery farms benefit from high-quality, cost-effective pig feed, thus boosting their productivity. With waste separation at its source within the faculty, this solution makes recycling and reuse a straightforward and sustainable practice.