The Sri Lankan indigenous agricultural knowledge and technology which has been used for millenniums is still very popular among farmers in remote and rural villages.
The ancient farmers of Sri Lanka had a sound knowledge about the limitedness of natural resources. These ancient farmers used this knowledge to efficiently manage the limited resources in a way which will protect it for future generations. They also hastened to control the pests and weeds in an environmentally friendly way.
Ancient Sri Lankan farmers used natural indigenous rituals for fertilizer and controlling pests. A specialty of these indigenous rituals was, they were free of environmental pollution and they were done using different techniques and things made from simple materials and supplies which they found in their surrounding environment.
Today, modern agricultural practices threaten the environment and mankind’s sustenance in many ways. Among them are the use of toxic agriculture pesticides, pollution from the agricultural machines and toxics being added to the environment. Our food being contaminated with toxic agricultural pesticides and weedicides is one of the many dangerous side-effects of these modern agricultural practices faced by mankind today.
Our ancient farmers used plant juices and many other different techniques to protect their cultivations from pesticides and obtain a bountiful harvest. Conserve Indigenous Knowledge is for gathering and conserving this indigenous knowledge and techniques which they used for sustainable agriculture and conserve it for future generations.
This program aims to gather all the traditional techniques used in villages in ancient times for pest control, weed control and other agricultural aspects, analyse and identify them, and conserve and distribute them for the benefit of future generations.
To accomplish this goal a research institutes is in the process of being speedily setup in a 20-Hectare large land with a high bio-diversity in the North-Central province under the name of Conserve Indigenous Knowledge.