Sunday, September 25, 2016

Event: Radio talk on pesticide containers disposal

CropLife Mauritius and the FAREI have collaborated to produce a series of radio talks on the Management and Disposal of Pesticide Containers that will be aired on Kool FM as from 26th September to 2nd October. Thé daily spot will be aired around 06:45 local time.

Don't forget that you can also listen to the program live via Internet by visiting or just click here

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Plan d’assistance financière pour la protection des fruits : Saison2016-2017


Plan d’assistance financière pour la protection des fruits : Saison 2016-2017

Le Ministère de L’Agro-Industrie et de la Sécurité Alimentaire informe les producteurs de fruits (Letchis, mangues et longanes) et le public en général de la mise en place du Plan d’assistance financière pour la protection des fruits pour la saison 2016-2017. Ce plan vise à encourager l’achat de filets afin de protéger les fruits contre les oiseaux et les chauves-souris. La période de validité du plan s’étendra du 07 septembre 2016 jusqu’à la fin de février 2017.

Les bénéficiaires potentiels auront le droit à une subvention de 75% sur le coût du filet comme suit:-

  • Vergers : Subvention pour l’achat de filets pour couvrir 50% de la superficie du verger jusqu’à un maximum de 2 Arpents.
  • Arrière-cour : Subvention pour l’achat de filets pour couvrir un maximum de 5 arbres fruitiers.

(NB : Chaque bénéficiaire aura droit à une seule demande.)
Pour plus de renseignements et autres conditions, veuillez contacter le FAREI sur les numéros suivants, les jours de semaine, de 13:00 à 16:00 heures.
  1. Mapou Model Farm (Tel: 266 2087)
  2. Flacq Model Farm (Tel: 4138125)
  3. Rivière des Anguilles Demonstration Centre (Tel: 6262554)
  4. Plaisance Demonstration Centre (Tel: 6378112)
  5. Quatre Bornes Sub - office (Tel: 4663885)
  6. St Pierre Extension office (Tel: 4339350)
12 septembre 2016 

Reproduced from 13.09.16

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

World Food Day 2016 - Video Contest

MAISNET encourages everyone eligible as per rules and regulations set, to participate in this video contest. We wish you all the best in advance and may you raise our flag high. 

Did you know that food security is one of the biggest issues related to climate change? We want to see your ideas, thoughts and actions! Produce a video no longer than 1 minute and tell us about the issue, or even better, present a solution on how to feed our growing population in a changing climate.

You don’t need any professional equipment - videos can be shot on your smartphone or tablet. Upload your video to YouTube adding the hashtag #WFD2016VideoContest to the title and don’t forget to also fill out the form provided to be in with a chance to win.

Two winners will be selected, one by a jury and the other based on the number of views or likes on YouTube.

Winners will be announced on 14 October 2016 on the World Food Day website and FAO social media.

They will also be promoted by FAO offices all over the world, featured in an exhibition at FAO headquarters in Rome during World Food Week (10-14 October 2016), and receive a surprise gift bag and Certificate of Recognition.

For terms and conditions visit:

World Food Day - FAO Theme for October 16 2016 - Cimate is Changing. Food and Agriculture Must Too.

Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too

One of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest - many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists - are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters. 

At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable. This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of ecosystems and rural populations and reduce emissions. 

Growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or retail stage through a number of initiatives including better harvesting, storage, packing, transport, infrastructure, market mechanisms, as well as institutional and legal frameworks. 

This is why our global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” 

It resonates with the crucial time in which the day will be observed, just before the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP 22, from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.
FAO is calling on countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development. 

By strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers, we can guarantee food security for the planet’s increasingly hungry global population also reduce emissions.

B Hulman to LEXPRESS - Foot and mouth disease: “No need to continue with the mass slaughter”

"Merci à KG pour attirer notre attention sur l'article qui a apparu sur 24.08.16"

Having been involved with livestock development in the region as a Senior Programme Manager at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat for more than 8 years, I feel it is my duty to comment on the recent out- breaks of Foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Mauritius and Rodrigues.

Mauritius being a small island state surrounded by the sea, the outbreak of FMD in cattle and other cloven hoof animals was quite unexpected, and a first in Mauritius. During my tenure of office at the SADC Secretariat, I have had to deal with FMD in the region and issues of marketing related to the disease, especially as Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia are exporters of beef to the European Union.
FMD is a disease which does not kill and farmers in the southern African region are well aware that within a period of two to three weeks the animals will recover and will be integrated into the healthy herd. However, there are procedures that must be followed in dealing with the disease as it is a requirement that the outbreak be notified to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The procedure warrants that initial diagnosis by the veterinary services be confirmed by laboratory analysis so that the circulating virus responsible for the clinical symptoms of FMD be confirmed and that subsequently, the appropriate vaccine be produced. In the region, there are two OIE6-referenced laboratories which can type the virus responsible for FMD. These are the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute in South Africa and the Botswana Vaccine Institute (BVI) in Botswana.

The most common viruses which cause FMD in cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other cloven hoof animals are the Southern African Territories (SAT) 1, 2, and 3, A, O, C and Asia1. However, in the region, SAT1, 2 and 3 are the most common circulating viruses, although a few countries have also experienced infections with the O topotype. It is only when the virus has been identified that the vaccine can be produced and subsequently a vaccination programme be instituted.

I have read in the press that initially the SAT1, 2, and 3 were suspected and vaccine was ordered from Botswana without confirmation from the laboratories. Consequently, it was believed to be the O topotype. This makes the situation quite complex as to the vaccine that should be used. Fortunately, the BVI took the initiative to send one of its officers to assist in dealing with the FMD issue and it is believed that the officer sent samples from Rodrigues to the BVI. Hopefully, the results will be obtained towards the end of the week or early next week. In the region, BVI is the only institution which manufactures FMD vaccines, amongst others, but before this happens, the circulating virus/viruses need(s) to be confirmed so that the vac- cine can target the virus/viruses for effective control of the disease.
“Rodrigues cannot export animals to Mauritius for about three years. I do not see the rationale behind this measure. How is this justified?”
Since the outbreak, we have witnessed, to the utter despair of the farmers, the slaughter of animals showing clinical signs of the disease and of those suspected of being infected with FMD. We might have witnessed the destruction of the whole animal population of Rodrigues, were it not for the Honourable minister to caution against mass slaughter.