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Mrs. Deepani Anusha Palihawadana

The Best Agriculturist of the Year 2020

Mrs. Deepani Anusha Palihawadana was Born in 9th October 1966 at Matara district, she completed her primary and secondary education from Matara Sujatha Vidyalaya, and subsequently qualified for the university entrance from the same school.  She graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in 1993 with a second-class upper division pass and later obtained her M.Sc. degree in Gender and Agriculture from the University of Larenstein, The Netherlands in 2003.

This hard working young officer Joined with the department of Agriculture in 1994 as a contract basis Lecturer and joined with the permanent Service in 1996 as a Lecturer in the Sri Lanka Agricultural Service and moving with the Students of School of Agriculture, Labuduwa for 17 Years. Then she switched her career towards extension service as an Assistant Director of Agriculture Extension in Galle district of the Provincial Department of Agriculture (Sothern Province). While working as the Assistant Director of Agriculture Extension in Galle district since 2013, she was instrumental in developing training facilities in District Agriculture Training Centre, Poddiwela and popularizing Agro-tourism in the southern province of Sri Lanka.

Since 2016, she has been shouldering the entire Agricultural Extension work in the Galle district as the Deputy Director of Agriculture of the Southern Provincial Department of Agriculture where she has made an outstanding contribution to the agricultural development of the district which is being commended very often by the policy and law makers of the southern province.