Mr. K. R. Thilakasiri
The Best Agriculturist of the Year 2021
Mr. Thilakasiri born in September, 1965 at Colombo who completed his primary education from Mullegama Maha Vidyalaya, and secondary education from the Vidyakara Vidyalaya, Maharagama, Subsequently, graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniaya in 1991, and he obtained his Mphil Degree in integrated water resource management from University of Peradeniya in 2013.
He served for the Agriculture School, Pelvahara as a contractual lecturer during 1994 - 1996 and joint Sri Lanka Agricultural Service in 1996. Then he started his carrier as a Lecturer in the Sri Lanka School of Agriculture, Wariyapola, later served for Sri Lanka School of Agriculture Kundasale from 2002 to 2011. In 2011 he got transferred to Rice Research and Development Institute Batalagoda as the In-charge of the Training centre.
He contributed to create awareness among the farming community on new technologies of paddy cultivation, through one day and residential training programs. In 2019, he was posted as the Principal Agriculturist paddy where he performed an exemplarily service to productivity improvement of paddy with minimum use of inputs. He has also worked for several internationally funded projects to promote new technologies introduced for paddy cultivation.
At present, he is working as the acting District director of Agriculture in Kurunegala District and Contributed to achieve the aspirations of the department and government policy on national food security.