The Department of Agricultural Engineering is located adjacent to the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management and the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture in the 'Rubber Triangle' at the entrance to the University of Peradeniya between Old and New Galaha roads.
The Agricultural Engineering courses are offered in all four years of the B.Sc. Agricultural Technology and Management degree programme. The major fields of studies comprise of required technological inputs such as land development, soil and water conservation techniques, land preparation, seeding or planting, plant protection, weeding, irrigation, drainage, harvesting, post harvest handling, transportation, structures for animal housing, storage of grain and perishables, and energy and waste management for increased and sustained agricultural production. In addition to these technological inputs, supporting fields of studies are taught on climatic data acquisition and analysis including hydrology and water quality, remote sensing techniques and geographical information systems and water resource management and forestry for effective management of watersheds. The advanced courses offered by the Department permit students to specialize in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
The Department is closely linked with the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture through the Board of Study in Agricultural Engineering. The postgraduate program offers training for M.Sc. degrees in Integrated Water Resources Management, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Geo-Informatics. Postgraduate training is mainly provided for the officers of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Irrigation, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, other research Institutions, private sector industry and private candidates.
The Department has the modest facilities to provide training in Workshop Practice, Soil and Water Engineering, Post Harvest Technology and Engineering Drawing which are fully utilized for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition, the Department has its own computer facilities for research and teaching. Research activities are conducted at the field station at Meewatura which is managed by the Department. The academic staff is involved in research on improvement of mechanization; cultivation and harvesting, on farm grain drying, processing of agricultural products; particularly improving quality of rice and pulp concentration of fruits and tomatoes, dehydration of fruits and vegetables, hydrology, irrigation systems and management, soil conservation and drainage, and agricultural urban waste management.
The Department is the headquarters for the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka (AESSL) which is a registered body by the Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka. Secretariats of the Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (GISSL) and CapNet Lanka (Capacity Building Network in Integrated Water Resources Management) are also based at the Department. In addition, the academic staff work very closely with the State, Private sector and non-governmental organization. The Department is responsible for publishing the Agricultural Engineering Journal and Agricultural Technology Newsletter in three languages. The department is helping the Open University, University of Ruhuna and Eastern University of Sri Lanka to develop their agricultural engineering training programs.