In order to help our communities to meet the challenges they face in providing a supportive environment for the growth of the tissue culture industry, SLIIT academic staff together with practicing professionals formed an Association: Association of Sri Lanka Growers of Plant Tissue Culture (ASGROPTIC).
ASGROPTIC has created a dynamic platform to share knowledge, expertise and best practices of tissue culture, with the aim of enhancing quality and standard of all forms of tissue culture products, which will contribute to the National Economy in the long run through exporting high quality tissue culture plants. Identifying issues faced by tissue culture establishments and forming a unified process to overcome the issues faced by them is one of the primary objectives of ASGROPTIC.
In addition, the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at SLIIT has established a Tissue Culture Laboratory, a Greenhouse, and a Plant House to produce horticultural products to the community and activities of these facilities will provide a training for students at SLIIT.
At present there are 23 members registered in ASGROPTIC and Prof. Colin N. Peiris, Director of Academic Development and QA, SLIIT represent as the President of the Association. The secretariat is established in SLIIT.
The approval of the Board has been granted for SLIIT to be a member of ASGROPTIC.