Nov 19, 2014

Launching of the Sustainable Agricultural Organisation

Sustainable Agricultural Organisation

The Sustainable Agricultural Organisation (SAO) is an NGO that was registered on the 16th of October 2014, when the World Food Day was celebrated. SAO was, founded by students of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius. The seed for this idea was planted by our President, Mr. Vagish Ramborun, who graduated with a BSc( Hons) Agriculture in 2014. He was supported by the Vice President Mr. Keshwar Lobin, Asst .Secretary-Ms. Seechurn Anusha and Asst. Treasurer-Ms. Theeroovengadum Sadiana Nivershee (see pic above)
Currently, there are 15 people holding the SAO, namely Ms. Goundan Anushka, Mrs. Jhunputh Varuna, Ms. Seerputh Soobhashinee, Ms.Poonoosamy Vijaya, Mr.Aadarsh Ramdinee, Mr. Jean Dionovan Polimon, Ms. Danitza Latour, Ms. Sivani Ramdewor,Ms. Bocus Narvada and Mr. Mohnish Seewoonarain. SAO are advised by Professor S Facknath, Professor in Sustainable Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Ms Anishah Aujayeb, Curator of the Port Louis Hub, Mr. Shane Hardowar and Mrs. Badroonesha Aumjaud.
The Sustainable Agricultural Organisation believes that the key for a sustainable and peaceful world lies in the hands of the youth community. It is the good vision of the young people that will help in the construction of a better world where human beings will have more respect for the nature and learn to live in harmony with it. Educating the young people about the importance of agriculture and the impact of climate change and sustainable Agriculture during their early initiation will help them develop an interest in agriculture and farming
This interest in farming will further encourage them to invest their time in agriculture. Therefore this will lead to the emergence of a new generation of sustainable farmers who practice sustainable agriculture to earn their living. The problem of food security can then be solved as more people will take interest in agriculture.
Our Mission: Promote the acceptance and adoption of Sustainable Agriculture among the young generation for meeting the challenge of sustainable and climate –resilient food security.
Aims and Objectives: The aim of the project is to ensure that the youth and persons with disabilities become familiar with the principles and practices of Sustainable Agriculture, and adopt them.
Events Organised:
·        Painting competition by Association des Parents de Déficients Auditifs (APDA) school students
·        Helping the NGO Lupus-alert in its annual fund raising
Upcoming Events:
·        Project Smart Agriculture in collaboration with AIESEC UTM
·        Establishment of a Sustainable garden At APDA  
·        Project ANFEN: Raising awareness on agriculture to vulnerable young people who are confronted to social problems
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Nov 17, 2014

Commemorative Ceremony - 100th Anniversary of the School of Agriculture

On the 13th October 2014, a commemorative ceremony was organised to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the School of Agriculture. It was attended by the Hon Dr N.Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, representative of various agricultural institutions, and alumni.
More info at A snapshot of the event is shown in the video below. Courtesy MBC.

Nov 5, 2014

International training WORKSHOP: In-Situ Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives and Diversity Assessment Techniques

The Faculty of Agriculture in collaboration with  Bioversity International under the ACP-EU project for the conservation of crop wild relatives.

The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the capacities in the SADC region in CWR conservation:and to discuss the production of a National Strategic Action Plan for the insitu conservation of CWR

Oct 29, 2014

International training network for tropical plant health management

International training network for tropical plant health management

The main goal of this exploratory project funded by Agropolis foundation is to build an international network for training and higher education in tropical plant health management. This network would aim to promote research, innovation and transfer to reduce the impact of major pests on major tropical crops by environment friendly control methods.

The specific objectives are (i) to build-up a network of universities in the Indian Ocean to better coordinate their actions in the field of plant protection training and (ii) to create links with European Universities, such as Montpellier SupAgro, University of Montpellier 2, University of Louvain, also involved in tropical crop management trainings and education and with African initiatives such as “Proveg” (Western and Central Africa) and BecA (Kenya) in the field of plant protection.

The proposed international network will be then a collaborative effort among multiple universities and research units to promote growth of the plant health management profession through training of undergraduate and graduate students in the field. This project is an opportunity to formalize and strength this network and to increase the involvement of higher education in the field of plant health in developed and developing countries.

Oct 27, 2014

Press Interview - 100 years of FoA

Read the press interview of Mr Kamlesh Boodhoo which appeared on 24 Oct 2014.

The 42nd Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling at the FAO, Rome Italy

Mrs B.Esha Aumjaud, academic staff at Department of Agricultural & Food Science
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius, was at the FAO of the UN Headquarters in Rome, to represent Mauritius at the 42nd session of the Codex Meeting on Food Labelling, from 20th October 2014 to 24th October 2014.. She reported that the FAO HQ reflects Excellence, Respect, Values through Science, Art and Culture. The meeting was exemplary in terms of Chairmanship and Secretariat with 140 participating countries. The Chair had a colossal task, like the Colosseum! The set-up was similar to United Nations meetings. Mauritius did make a few interventions to voice out our position and proposal with respect to issues raised during the meeting. And above all it was a challenging and meaningful experience for her.

Contributor Mrs Esha Aumjaud

Oct 24, 2014

Post: PROJECT ASSISTANT on part-time basis


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the post of Project Assistant on the UoM-funded research project entitled “Isolation and molecular characterisation of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) in unprocessed foods derived from dairy cattle, beef cattle, deer and pigs”.

The recruitment and appointment will be on an assignment and part-time basis for a total period of 6 months starting 10 November 2014. The project assistant will be required to provide technical assistance in laboratory experimental work. The position carries a fixed all-inclusive package of Rs 25000 paid on an assignment basis.

Applicants should have a good Honours Degree in either Microbiology or Biotechnology.

Preference will be given to candidates who:

Ø Have good knowledge and skills in culture-dependent microbiological analysis of food materials

Ø Have good knowledge and skills in molecular techniques applied to food microbiology

Ø Are computer literate and have good communication skills

Applications accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) should reach the undersigned by 31 October 2014. 

Dr S J Santchurn
Department of Agricultural and Food Science
Faculty of Agriculture
University of Mauritius

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only the best candidates will be called for an interview. The University reserves the right not to make any appointment as a result of this advertisement.

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Oct 17, 2014

4ème édition des Journées Scientifiques QualiREG

La 4ème édition des Journées Scientifiques QualiREG se déroulera du 24 au 28 novembre à l'Hôtel Colbert à Antananarivo, à Madagascar.

La 4ème édition des Journées Scientifiques QualiREG se déroulera du 24 au 28 novembre à l'Hôtel Colbert à Antananarivo, à Madagascar.
Chaque année le réseau organise ces Journées Scientifiques de l’Agroalimentaire, une occasion unique dans l’océan Indien d’échanger entre chercheurs et professionnels de l’agroalimentaire autour des enjeux de la qualité des aliments et de promouvoir les innovations et les savoir-faire présents dans la région OI. Pour optimiser ce moment unique d’échanges et favoriser la rencontre entre chercheurs et acteurs économiques, un espace exposants, des rencontres B to B, des ateliers et des formations sont proposés en plus des conférences habituelles.

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