mauritiusPublic Sector

Ministry of Agro Industry and Food

"Agriculture occupies around 44% of the arable land area in Mauritius. It is the objective of the Ministry to maintain and ensure development of the agro industry. A drought in 1999 had severe effects on the Sugar Cane yield, prior to this the crop accounted for around 25% of export earnings.

The Ministry continues to develop the agricultural economy by focusing on safety, supply, quality, innovation and new technology through Mauritius' service providing institutions, and with stakeholders of the region.

  • The six main Departments/Units of the Ministry are:
  • Agricultural Services
  • Land Conversion Unit
  • Cane Planters and Millers Arbitration and Control Board
  • Forestry Service
  • National Parks and Conservation Service
  • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden Trust"  (retrieved 5/17/2011)

(no indication about which unit provides extension and advisory services)

Relaated Resources

ASTI Agricultural Research and Development investments and capacity in Mauritius: 

  • Agricultural Research & Extension Unit (AREU),
  • Commission for Agriculture and Natural Resources Rehabilitation (overseen by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, RRA)


    BERTHELOT, P. B., PAYANDI PILLAY, K. (1986).  Structure of agricultural research and linkage with extension: Mauritius at the crossroads. (Paper presented at the CIMMYT, University of Zimbabwe OFR/FSP Workshop, February 1986)

    BERTHELOT, P. B., PAYANDI PILLAY, K. (1988).  Small planter studies: Souvenir Farming Systems Research Project.  A report on phase I. Réduit, Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute. 29 p., 14 tbls., 4 figs.,3 appen. (Occ. Rep. Maurit. Sug. Ind. Res. Inst., 2)

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K. (1989).  Redesigning the extension services in Mauritius to meet the needs of the small sugarcane planters. Dissertation, MSc Agricultural Extension. ; University of Reading, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department, Reading, GB. 102 p.: 4 figs.

    JULIEN, R., PILLAY, G., TONTA, J. (1995).  La contribution des petits exploitants à la production sucrière mauricienne - problèmes et perspectives. (Paper presented at the Les méthodes participatives de recherche et de développement dans l'océan indien, CIRAD, Réunion, 6-10 novembre 1996)

    PILLAY, K. P. ([1997]).  Activities of the Extension Division of the MSIRI: communication with the planting community. In: Agricultural Research and Extension Unit, Food and Agricultural Research Council - National Workshop on Research and Extension, 11-15th December 1995. Réduit:Agricultural Research and Extension Unit, Food and Agricultural Research Council p. 113-118.

    CHUNG, M., PILLAY, G., DOMAINGUE, R., JHOTY, I. (1998).  Geographic information systems - a tool for small cane growers of Mauritius. In: Lalouette, J. A., Bachraz, D. Y., Sukurdeep, N., Seebaluck, B. D.(eds), Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of Agricultural Scientists, Reduit,Mauritius, 12-13 August 1997. Reduit: Food and Agricultural Research Council bp.27-34.

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K., TRAVAILLEUR, C., FERRE, P., GOOLJAR, A., GAUTHIER, J. (1998).  Strategies for promoting new sugar cane varieties. Revue agric. sucr. Ile Maurice 77(2/3):35-41.  (Published 1999)

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K., TRAVAILLEUR, C., FERRE, P., GOOLJAR, A. (1999).  The use of new communication strategies for the promotion of sugar cane varieties in Mauritius. Proc. int. Soc. Sug. Cane Technol.  23 (2): 233-234. (abstract only)

    PILLAY, K. P. (1999).  Adoption of new sugarcane varieties by the non-miller-planters in Mauritius: the importance of on-farm trials. Expl Agric.  35(4): 417-425.

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K., TRAVAILLEUR, C., GOOLAMHOSSEN, M., NAYAMUTH, R. (1999).  Adoption of artificial ripening by the Mauritian sugar cane growers. Revue agric. sucr. Ile Maurice.  78(1): 66-74.

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K. (2001).  Use of fertilizers and herbicides in sugarcane cultivation in Mauritius. In: Offsite movement of agrochemicals in tropical sugar cane production: Extension Workshop, Bundaberg, Australia, 8-9 May 2001.  p. 29-33.

    SIMPSON, B. , CALCINO, D., PAYANDI PILLAY, K. (2001).  Managing environmental risks. In: Offsite movement of agrochemicals in tropical sugar cane production: International Extension Workshop, MSIRI, Réduit, Mauritius, 8-9 August 2001.  p. 101-111. (Workshop repeated at MSIRI, Réduit, Mauritius, 8-9 August 2001)

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K., TRAVAILLEUR, C., PILLAY SAMOO, K., RAMJUTUN, D., GOOLJAR, A., FERRE, P. (2001).  Technology transfer to improve sugar cane production systems and planters' productivity in Mauritius. Proc. int. Soc. Sug. Cane Technol.  24(2): 293-296. (Poster )

    TRAVAILLEUR, C., NG SEE CHEONG, F. M., PAYANDI PILLAY, K., ANTOINE-GAUTHIER, J., GOOLJAR, A. (2001/02).  SIRItell, a computerized information system developed by the MSIRI for extension purposes. (SIRItell, un système informatique développé par le MSIRI pour la vulgarisation). Revue agric. sucr. Ile Maurice.  80(3)/81(1-3): 314-328. (Published 2003)

    PILLAY SAMOO, K., TRAVAILLEUR, C., PILLAY, K. P., GAUTHIER, J. (2004).  Enhancing sugar cane production in the marginal soils through the adoption of appropriate varieties. In: Lalouette, J. A., Bachraz, D. Y., Bheenick, K. J. (eds)., Proceedings Sixth Meeting of Agricultural Scientists, Boname Hall, MSIRI, Réduit, Mauritius, 8-9 May 2003. Réduit: Food and Agricultural Research Council.  p. 197-206. (Also published in Revue agric. sucr. Ile Maurice 83(216.3): 1-10, 2004)

    RAMJUTUN, D., TRAVAILLEUR, C., PILLAY SAMOO, K., GOOLJAR, A., GAUTHIER, J., PAYANDI PILLAY, K. (2005).  The impact of improved technologies on the productivity of Mauritian sugar cane growers. Proc. int. Soc. Sug. Cane Technol.  25 (2): 160-167.

    EWEG, M J, PAYANDI-PILLAY, G, TRAVAILLEUR, C (2009).  A survey of small-scale sugarcane farmers in South Africa and Mauritius: introducing project methodology, investigating new technology and presenting the data. Proc. S. Afr. Sug. Technol. Ass.  82: 370-383.

    PAYANDI PILLAY, K P, TRAVAILLEUR, J P C, RAMASAMY, S, EWEG, M J, NG KEE KWONG, K F (2010).  Research and extension needs to mitigate constraints limiting the productivity of small-scale sugarcane farmers in Mauritius. Proc. int. Soc. Sug. Cane Technol.   27: 10 p.

    MSIRI.  Occ Rep No 5.  Report on labour/transport survey at harvest.

    MSIRI/FSC (1994).  Socio economic survey of small planters.  MSIRI Occ. Rep.  No 7. 

    MSIRI (1996).  Report on Rehabilitation of abandoned lands.  MSIRI Occ. Rep. No 10.

    MSIRI (2010). Small-scale sugar cane farmers in Mauritius and South Africa: Limiting factors and conditions in the adoption of improved technologies. MSIRI Occ. Rep. No 36.


    List of Extension Providers

    icon target The following list shows an excerpt from the GFRAS Directory of Extension Providers for Mauritius. Some of these entries may be specially marked for having more detailed information in the database of the Worldwide Extension Study WWES.




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