Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Our visit to Bataatha Agro Technology Park was not a planned one. Even though we have seen the name board and the entrance several times, we didn't even thought that such a large agro park located there.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park entrance
Bataatha Agro Technology Park entrance

We were returning from our trip to Katharaga and looking for a better place for lunch. Somewhere by the Bataatha, we noticed notice for the big name board “ Hela Bujun Hala” maintain by the department of agriculture. So we decided stop there for lunch. Actually they doesn’t provide typical lunch buffet, but various types of authentic Sri Lankan food items and sweets are prepared freshly and available for sale.

We saw a small lake and large park located beyond the food stalls. Other noticeable thing of the park is that the main entrance is located under an archway formed by two clasped hands which is made with cement.

We got our lunch from the palace just opposite to the park and decided to have a look on the park. Bataatha agro park has their own carpark inside the premises and even many cars are parked by the main road.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bataatha Agro Technology Park Lake

You need to pay a small fee of Rs 20/= and buy a ticket to enter the park. Once you enter to the park, you can see the lake more closely and we spotted peacock couple hanging around. In your right handside, you will a small paddy field and a place call "kamatha", which can be used as an open air theater to for any performance. There is a Wee Bissa also located by the Kamatha floor. Wee Bissa was used to store paddy in early days

Kamatha - Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Kamatha - Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Then you will be greeted by this farming couple. There are several sections in this park.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
They are waiting for your arrival

Fruit Garden

Bataatha Agro Technology Park  Fruit Garden
Bataatha Agro Technology Park Fruit Garden

This has many verities of under utilized Sri Lankan crops and some developed fruit crop also can be seen here.

 Bataatha Agro Technology Park Fruit Garden
Bataatha Agro Technology Park Fruit Garden

Hena (Chena )


Hena in Bataatha Agro Technology Park  Chena
Chena (Hena) - Bataatha Agro Technology Park

This section demonstara the typical Sri Lanka dryzone Hena (Chena) cultivation. Hena is a not a permanent farm land. First farmers select a section of the jungle to set up a Hena. Then they cut down large trees and bushes. After few days, they setup fire in the site and burn down the remaining and clean the land. The remaining tree branches, which are escaped from the fire are used to setup the fence of the Hena. It is call Dhadu weta. Dhadu weta prevents wild animal approach to the fence.

Dhadu weta
Dhadu weta around the Hena

Usually, only a selected type of vegetables used in Hena Cultivation. Most of these crops need minimum fertilizer and supervision. Hena farmers have to do plant the seeds during the rainy season so minimum effort needs for watering.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bataatha Agro Technology Park

The biggest threat to the cultivation comes from wild animals, who are intruding the cultivation at night. So farmers used to stay in Hena at night. They are vigilan at night, and if they notice any intruders, can chased them away. They setup small tree house in the middle of the Hena. That’s call “Pela” (hut).

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Kurakka is a common crop in Hena cultivation.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park Kurakkan
Kurakkan @ Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Native Paddy Verity Cultivation


Sudu Heenati
Sudu Heenati cultivation in Bataatha Agro Technology Park

You can see many verities of Sri Lankan paddy are grown in small sections. Luckily we visited just closer to harvesting time, so we saw paddy cultivation at their prime time.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Gewaththa (Home Garden)


Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Gewaththa @ Bataatha Agro Technology Park

This section demonstrate typical old day Sri Lankan home garden.

Komarika
Komarika ( right hand circle)

The park is ends with a natural lake. Small summer house built in, so you have sit and relax for a while.

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Some frequent visitors to Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bee Colony @ Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Bataatha Agro Technology Park
Bataatha Agro Technology Park

Bataatha Agro Technology park was established in year 2007. The name "Chamal Rajapaksa Agro Park" given to tribute former minister Mr. Chamal Rajapaksha, because this was established under the patronage of him.

Agro tourism is not much popular in Sri lanka, but that is one of the idea behind in establishing this park. Same time it help transfer the technology knowledge to farmer and who ever like to maintain their own home garden.

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