The agricultural sector of Sri Lanka is still one of the predominant sectors in the economy. Its growth and its setbacks are directly reflected in all macro and micro economic variables as well as in the social and political sphere although its contribution has come down to only 8% of the GDP.
Agricultural economics research activities in Sri Lanka are carried out by different institutions within the National Agriculture Research System (NARS), universities, other government agencies, and international organizations.
Agricultural economics education in Sri Lanka is done within the National University System of Sri Lanka. Universities are autonomous institutions and are funded by the government through the University Grants Commission (UGC).