Nov 26, 2015

Flash Back on the University of Mauritius - 50 Years Celebrations


"At a time when the University is celebrating its 50th anniversary, a flashback is necessary. We should remember that right from its inception, the university had to sail through very rough seas and it is to the credit of many that the ship reached the shore safely". Sada Reddi, 2015, Read More

Oct 26, 2015

Visit to the Pig AI Centre at Albion

The final Year students of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius with the Chinese Technical Team (Mr Huanf, (left) and Mr Wey (right) and Mr Orlando Felicite, Scientific Officer ( centre)
On Monday 26 Oct 2015, Mr K.Boodhoo and Mr Abhishek Soomaroo of the Faculty of Agriculture accompanied the final year students of the BSc (Hons) AgricScience and Tech (with minor Agribusiness) for a visit at Belle Vue Experiment Station, Albion of the Animal Production Division (APD), Ministry of AgroIndustry and Food Security. We were guided by Mr Orlando Felicite, Scientific Officer at the APD. The students were given a clear and up to date demonstration of the collection and processing of boar semen by the Chinese Agricultural Technical Team (CATT), namely Mr Huang and Mr Wey. Diluted semen are now used by some pig farmers (e.g., Mr Thomas from Calebasses came to collect semen to inseminate sows that were seen in heat yesterday) to inseminate their sows themselves. Both Chinese technicians were keen to answer the students question that range from the feeding of the boar, frequency of semen collection, training young boars for mounting the dummy, technique for collection of semen, to the dilution process among others. 

Several projects and activities such as production of ducklings for sale to breeders, research and training on artificial insemination of pig, hydroponics of vegetables and production of vegetable seeds, are currently being undertaken at the station. Currently, they have startyed to develop AI for goats as well.
The CATT is here in Mauritius for more than four decades and this has been possible due to the China and Mauritius co-operation programme.  The past projects included rice production, mushroom production, fruits and vegetables research and training. They have also collaborated in agro processing and composting technology.

Oct 20, 2015

World Food Day 2015

The Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security organised on the occasion of the World Food Day 2015 an exhibition cum sales of agricultural and agro-processing products at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden. There were demonstrations by stakeholders on various techniques such as:

(a) Grafting techniques, roof-gardening, container gardening systems and agro-processing techniques; (b) sheltered farming structures, rain water harvesting systems, hydroponic, tube-o-ponic and bioponic structures;
(c) live demonstration of local food dishes (cassava, breadfruit and other exotic fruits);
and (d) culinary competition of local dishes.

In this context, the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius also participated in the event and highlighted the current research being undertaken in the area of sustainable agriculture and organic farming. The theme for World Food Day 2015, proclaimed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, is “Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”.

Sep 26, 2015

UN adopts new Global Goals, charting sustainable development for people and planet by 2030

25 September 2015 – The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly today formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. 

“The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms – an agenda for the planet, our common home,” declared Mr. Ban as he opened the UN Sustainable Development Summit which kicked off today and wraps up Sunday.

The UN chief’s address came ahead of the Assembly’s formal adoption of the new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. 

The Goals aim to build on the work of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000, rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.

The Summit opened with a full programme of events, including a screening of the film The Earth From Space, performances by UN Goodwill Ambassadors Shakira and Angelique Kidjo, as well as call to action by female education advocate and the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai along with youth representatives as torch bearers to a sustainable future. 

The adoption ceremony was presided over by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who stressed the successes of the MDGSs and the need for the full implementation of the new Agenda.

Speaking to the press after the adoption of the Agenda, Mr. Ban said: “These Goals are a blueprint for a better future. Now we must use the goals to transform the world. We will do that through partnership and through commitment. We must leave no-one behind."

In his opening address to the Assembly, which also marks the Organization’s 70th anniversary, the UN chief hailed the new framework as an agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership. “It conveys the urgency of climate action. It is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all.” 

Mr. Ban urged the world leaders and others convened at the event to successfully implement the Global Goals or Agenda 30 by launching ‘renewed global partnership.’

“The 2030 Agenda compels us to look beyond national boundaries and short-term interests and act in solidarity for the long-term. We can no longer afford to think and work in silos. 

Institutions will have to become fit for a grand new purpose. The United Nations system is strongly committed to supporting Member States in this great new endeavour,” said Mr. Ban.

“We must engage all actors, as we did in shaping the Agenda. We must include parliaments and local governments, and work with cities and rural areas. We must rally businesses and entrepreneurs. We must involve civil society in defining and implementing policies – and give it the space to hold us to account. We must listen to scientists and academia. We will need to embrace a data revolution. Most important, we must set to work – now,” added the Secretary-General.

“Seventy years ago, the United Nations rose from the ashes of war. Governments agreed on a visionary Charter dedicated to ‘We the Peoples’. The Agenda you are adopting today advances the goals of the Charter. It embodies the aspirations of people everywhere for lives of peace, security and dignity on a healthy planet,” said Mr. Ban.

General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft called the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development “ambitious” in confronting the injustices of poverty, marginalization and discrimination. 

“We recognize the need to reduce inequalities and to protect our common home by changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. And, we identify the overwhelming need to address the politics of division, corruption and irresponsibility that fuel conflict and hold back development,” he said.

On the adoption of the new agenda, UN Economic and Social Council President (ECOSOC) Oh Joon said action on Sustainable Development Goals must start immediately. “The Economic and Social Council stands ready to kick-start the work on the new agenda,” he added.

Sep 25, 2015

Recruitment of Volunteers - Velo Vert

Velo vert is looking for 5-10 interns /volunteers to work for Ms Nathalie Daruty, farmer in the north, in her new organic field under 3 acres. This is an opportunity to gain experience in organic farming.

Interested students can contact Mrs. Geraldine d'Unienville on the following for more information:


M. (+230) 5259 3630

T. (+230) 676 3860

Sep 17, 2015

8th Edition of the University of Mauritius Research Week - 21 to 25September 2015

The forthcoming Higher Education Bill will definitely encourage a culture of research across institutions, stated the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, yesterday at Engineering Lecture Theatre 2, Prof Sir E Lim Fat Engineering Tower, University of Mauritius (UoM), in Réduit.

The Minister was speaking at the launching of the eighth edition of the UoM's Research Week which aims at showcasing ongoing research undertaken at inter and intra-departmental levels across the UoM.

In her address, the Minister stated that by providing a strong legal framework and regulatory body, her Ministry intends to pass on the message that it is healthy for all the country's Tertiary Education Institutions to embark on new research ventures and to innovate, especially through relevant research that aligns itself to the local and regional needs.

The tertiary education sector, said the Minister, is now seen as the driver par excellence of economic competitiveness in an increasingly knowledge-dominated global economy. Universities, therefore, are compelled to go much beyond their traditional role of being mere purveyors of knowledge, she stressed.

Minister Dookun-Luchoomun also expressed confidence that the UoM will stand guided by its experience and will, through its various interactions with the public and private sectors, continue to contribute to our country's progress.

Research Week 2015

Organised by the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academia) UoM, the five-day Research Week is focusing on showcasing the research undertaken at the UoM through various events being attended by staff, students and other stakeholders. Each Faculty and Centre is having its own research day. Exhibition of posters, oral presentations and discussions are also being held.

The Research Theme for the Week is 50 Years and Forward: Advancing Research and Innovation, given the fact that 2015 marks the 50 years of existence of the UoM.

The Faculty of Agriculture Research Day 

was held 
Tuesday 22nd September 2015  
  • THEME: Innovation and Technology Transfer: Advancing Sustainable Agri-Food Production
 Given that this year marks the 50 years of existence of the UoM, the Research Theme for the Research Week 2015 is '50 Years and Forward: Advancing Research and Innovation'. This 8th Edition of the Faculty of Agriculture focuses on showcasing its research portfolio undertaken by staff, students and other stakeholders. This year research week papers and posters covers various areas in the following themes: 


Sep 7, 2015

Wholesale Market of Vegetables in Mauritius

 115 mille tonnes de fruits et légumes sont produits chaque année à Maurice. Une grosse majorité est écoulée dans les ventes à la criée à Port Louis, Vacoas et Flacq. Cela dure depuis des années mais les conditions ne sont pas toujours au goût des opérateurs ou des décideurs. Pour y remédier, un marché national sera construit à Belle Rive au coût de Rs 345 millions . 

The setting up of a National Wholesale Market was the main theme of a half-day Stakeholder's Consultative Meeting which was held today at the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute, Réduit in the presence of the Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun.

In his address, the Minister outlined that the present marketing conditions of fruits and vegetables in Mauritius are considered unsatisfactory by almost all local operators of the production and marketing chain. Small growers have made representations to the Ministry for an alternative marketing solution other than the existing auction markets of Port Louis, Vacoas and Flacq, he said.

According to Mr Seeruttun, to address these issues, a National Wholesale Market will be set up and the wholesale marketing of fruits and vegetables will be reorganised at national level through concentration of volumes in a single place. Land to an extent of 30 Arpents has been earmarked at Five Ways, Belle Rive and the project is estimated to cost Rs 345 million.

With the coming into operation of a National Wholesale Market, there will be better market efficiency, synergies and cost sharing among operators. Such an infrastructure will provide better transparency in market dealings and at the same time put up modern and adequate premises to the fruits and vegetables food system, said the Minister.