National prosperity through excellence in rice production.
To be the National Center for the Development and Primary Dissemination of Technologies to Improve the Productivity and Profitability of Rice Farming and Quality of Rice.
The main research and administration unit of RRDI is located at Batalagoda. The Regional Agricultural Research and Development Center, Bombuwela and its satellite research stations at Labuduwa and Bentota cater to the needs of the low country wet zone region. Whereas the Rice Research Station, Ambalantota holds the responsibility for the development of rice varieties for the southern rice belt.
The Director for Rice Research and Development is responsible for overall research and administrative functions of the Institute. The Deputy Directors for Research at Batalagoda and Bombuwela and Research Officer-in-Charge at Ambalantota look over the research activities at their respective centers.
Rice Research and Development Institute (RRDI) continues to play a major role in the countrys' 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 varieties that they grow. The research and development programs at RRDI focuses on increasing farm productivity from the current 4.3 t/ha to 6.0 t/ha within the next 5 years, reducing cost of production and improving grain quality of rice.
Effort were made to develop techniques that will help to increase rice plant resource use efficiency. A need base fertilizer application method are being introduced. This would help maximize effectiveness of fertilizers applied and reduce cost of production. Other agronomic practices to reduce production costs are been introduced.
The hybrid rice research program was further strengthened with the financial and technical assistance from Food and Agricultural Organization and technical assistance from IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) and from the Government of PR China.
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.
At present the country produces 96% of required amount of rice. However, to meet the growing needs of the population, it is necessary to produce more rice in the future. This is a serious challenge as several biotic, abiotic and social factors continue to limit the productivity. We are forced to increase rice production with less land, less labor and less water and with limited use of chemicals.
The RRDI, therefore, continues to strengthen research and development activities in respect of vertical improvement, soil fertility and its sustainability, pest, disease and weed management, post harvest and grain quality, crop physiology and agronomy in relation to changing resource availability and future changes in climate.
RRDI will soon start a residential training facility which would unable all stake holders to receive both short term and long term training. Further, with the completion of the new laboratory complex, laboratory facilities will also be upgraded. The ultimate aim is to develop the rice research and training complex at RRDI to a regional facility.