The Sri Lanka agricultural service has 1,162 approved positions, and 631 of them are not filled.
The reason is that no recruitments had been made since 2013.
Director general of agriculture Dr. W.M.W. Weerakoon says the procedure is to enroll through a competitive examination and from among qualified public servants.
The Supreme Court ruling of a FR petition that challenged the calling of applications from the entire state sector in 2014, has become a hurdle too, he says.
The ruling does not prohibit recruitments from the entire state sector, but the Public Services Commission has recommended not to make such recruitments, he says.
Instead, the PSC has now given permission to make the recruitments through a competitive examination, he adds.