May 15, 2017

Faculty of Agriculture at the International SME Innovation and Technology Fair 2017

The Faculty of  Agriculture participated at the International SME fair on 11 to 14 May at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles. It was an opportunity to show case the technical expertise especially in novel technologies of agriculture, Bio-farming and other value added agri-business activities that the Faculty can leverage to support entrepreneurs in developing their capacities. For more info contact the Dean office at deanfoa@uom.ac.mu






Mar 6, 2017

Meaders Scholarship

Meaders Feeds
offre un stage rémunéré d’une année
à une étudiante de l’Université de Maurice


Workshop on Research Management, Research Uptake and Innovation



Workshop on
Research Management, Research Uptake and Innovation

 

                 Speakers: Prof K Mossanda (SARIMA) 

Prof B. Lalljee and Prof S. Facknath (Faculty of Agriculture)

 

Date: Tuesday 7 and 8 March 2017

 

Venue: Conference Room, Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Mauritius, Reduit

 

 Organised by: Faculty of Agriculture and 

 

 Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA)

 

Organised by the Prof B Lalljee, SADC/SRIM Focal Point 

 


Feb 15, 2017

THOUGHT FOR FOOD CHALLENGE COMPETITION- PARTICIPATION OF 2 FOOD SCIENCE STUDENTS OF THE FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE


Dhanishta Meetoo teamed up with Manisha Bheeroo (BSc Food Science and Technology Alumni), one student in California and another one in London, to participate in the international Thought For Food Challenge.  Although, their team is not among the 10 selected finalists (there were 479 participants)  their participation is highly commendable and deserves a big applause. This is also a good demonstration of how they have used social media tools, freely available, to prepare their project. This is an example that ought to be followed by all of our students and staff alike.
Well done Team.
Click to view their submission




We are a team of international students with expertise in innovative agriculture, communications, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Kala studies management information systems in California and is focused on spreading unconventional ideas on sustainability. Dhanishta and Manisha are both food science students from Mauritius who are passionate about creative and innovative ways to tap into natural resources of their tropical homeland. Manisha had conducted scientific studies on the development and quality of jackfruit burgers in the Food Technology laboratory of the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Mauritius, as part of the her final year dissertation for her undergraduate course in Food Science and Technology.Josephine studies global health and social entrepreneurship. She believes that food innovation can be a major catalyst for sustainable social change. Together we form a dynamic and international team, drawing insights from different culture and disciplines, with a single goal in mind - sustainable food innovations that leverage unexpected resources around the world.

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Jan 29, 2017

Workshop on Creation of an institute of biotechnology in Mauritius



 
24 January 2017: A workshop to discuss the setting up of a National Biotechnology Institute, an initiative of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, kicked off this morning at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis.
 
Present at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun, stated that the country is now ready to transform itself into a high-income economy and innovation has been recognized, as the key driver of economic growth in terms of wealth generation and job creation. Biotechnology is one of the vehicles of innovation that could contribute positively towards this vision, he added.
 
According to him, Mauritius has so far been timidly involved in biotechnology and very few institutions are engaged in this sector. The Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute under the aegis of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority, Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute and the University of Mauritius are the few institutions that address biotechnology in their research and development programme, recalled Mr Seeruttun.
 
Consequently we have not been able to tap the full extent of this technology, he stressed, adding that his Ministry is committed to redress this situation. In this context, the National Biosafety Committee was reconstituted in March 2015. This committee is an advisory committee set up to advise on all aspects concerning the importation, exportation, transit, development, research, production, use, application, marketing, sale and the release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or on any other matter concerning GMOs.
 
Actions to review the GMO Act 2004, which was only partially proclaimed in 2004, have been initiated stated the Minister and a revised draft of the GMO Act is already available. Moreover, the associated regulations to accompany this law are being finalised, he added. For Mr Seeruttun, all these initiatives will assist to protect human, animal and environmental health, protect consumers in making their choice regarding GMOs, and maintain an international quality and safety standards that facilitate trade.
 
Furthermore, the Minister announced that provision is being made for the setting of the National Biosafety Office in his Ministry to deal with administrative matters pertaining to Biosafety, GMOs and to cater for the enforcement of the law.
 
Application of biotechnology will be critical to help Mauritius meet the new challenges facing us such as climate change, new pests and diseases outbreaks and growing demands for food, feed, fibre and biofuels in the years to come, he said.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org

The speech of the Minster is reproduced below.


Dec 22, 2016

SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHALLENGERS - An NGO set up by Alumni of the Faculty of Agriculture

Sustainable Food Challengers team members

Facebook  SustainableFoodChallengers/ 
Twitter twitter.com/sus_food_cha

Their Mission
Sustainable Food Challengers is a group of young dynamic and self-motivated youngsters aged between 22 to 25 years who aim at providing new sustainable solutions to meet the food security challenge. Each one in the group has their own expertise in the agricultural field. We are working together to revolutionise agriculture and set a new lifestyle to achieve global food security by maximising space use to cultivate crops through vertical farming using sustainable and renewable methods. The team also advocate the reduction of carbon dioxide emission and climate change.

Background
Sustainable Food Challengers team members are: Miss Jayshikha, Miss Anusha, Miss Naabilah and Mr Youdiesh. Some are fresh graduates while others have already started their career. The team members are deeply concerned about the amplifying facts that billions of people go to bed without food. we take the challenge of providing sustainable methods to feed 9 billion of people by 2050. Due to multiple factors: drought, loss of natural resources, industrialisation, flood, land erosion, and climate change conventional agriculture has been affected. So, we came up with new innovative ways to produce food using available renewable resources and less land which will be adaptable to the future. Keeping in mind all the limiting factors we came up with a new concept of green buildings. We are determined to take up the challenge and make use of our knowledge, skills and expertise to positively impact human lives. Each human being having access to safe and nutritious food at any time will become a reality soon. To most people agriculture can merely be getting dirty in the soil but for us it is a potential to feed billions of mouths. Together we can fight hunger and go for a greener and healthy world!

Dec 21, 2016

Conference du Reseau des Etablissements Agricoles a Ile Maurice

La 3ème conférence du REAP AAOI a eu lieu a la Faculté d’agriculture de Maurice du
28 au 30 novembre 2016. Le theme de cette conference etait « L’innovation et le développement des produitsde terroirs des territoires par les établissements agricoles membres du réseau REAP AAOI et leurs partenaires ».Voilà quatre ans que le réseau des établissements d’enseignement agricole professionnel de la région Afrique Australe Océan Indien a été créé.

 As an outcome of the many initiatives of the REAP-AAOI Network, the Network has been granted 'INTERREG V' funds up to year 2020/21 for funding partly the mobility of students studying professional agriculture (Bac+1, Bac+2 and BTS levels) between the french territory (Reunion and Mayotte) and the Southern African and Indian Ocean region, whereby agricultural educational institutions have signed the "Accord Cadre". UoM did sign same in 2014.

I am hopeful that each year, two of our students may acquire industrial placement during the period Jun - Jul in well-equipped French institutions of the region. On the other hand, we (or our partners e.g. FAREI, Medine Agriculture and others) have to accommodate two students from Reunion/ Mayotte. The placement supervisor will be based at the FoA. We are now working on the modus operandi of the mobility programme.


Pour des plus amples renseignments, contacter le coordonnateur local Mons. Navin Boodia n.boodia@uom.ac.mu