To be the center of excellence in sugarcane technologies and the leader in sugarcane industry development in the Asian region.
Develop and transfer appropriate sugarcane technologies to enhance competitiveness of, and to contribute to expand and develop, the local sugarcane industry, in a sustainable manner.
The Sugarcane Research Institute (SRI) is a statutory body established by the Act of Parliament No. 75 of 1981 to conduct research on cultivation and processing of sugarcane to cater to technical and technological needs of the development of the sugar industry of Sri Lanka.Presently, the institute is under the purview of the Ministry of Plantation Industries.
The institute’s main research complex is located at Uda Walawe, about 150 km off Colombo, towards the south-east. There is an office at No. 276, Pahalawela Road, Palawatte, Battaramulla. In addition, the institute has a sugarcane hybridisation station at Deniyaya, quarantine farm at Hanthana, Kandy, and a pathology farm at Siyambalanduwa. Five development Offices at Buttala, Hingurana, Passara, Siyambalanduwa and Kantale have been established to liaise with sugarcane growers and millers.
The management and administration of the institute is vested in a Board of Governors. It consists of three eminent scientists appointed by the Minister, two nominated members representing the Ministry of Finance and the line Ministry and the Director of the Institute as the ex-officio member.