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Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security


Agricultural Services  
Agricultural Chemistry Division
Contact Person: Mr A. MOORBANNOO
Position: Principal Scientific Officer
Tel: (230) 465 7472 , 466 1321
Fax: (230) 466 1559

Soil and Fertiliser Analysis Section
Feed and Fodder Analysis Section
Plant Analysis Section
Crop and Water (Irrigation) Section
Organic Section
Submission of samples and Request for analysis
Permits and Licenses

Soil and Fertiliser Analysis Section

Physico-chemical and chemical analysis of soil, agricultural inputs and sugar by-products.
Samples: soil, compost, farmyard manure, poultry manure, organic residues or waste and fertilisers.
Analyses: pH, electrical conductivity, major nutrients and micro-elements (Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Iron), Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), Exchangeable. bases, Ammonia Nitrogen (NH4–N), Sulphate (SO4) - Sulphur (S)  and organic carbon.

Feed and Fodder Analysis Section

Analysis of fodder, animal feed and pet food.
Analyses: crude Protein, crude fibre, crude fat, ash, dry matter, phosphorus and calcium. Acid Detergent Fibre, Acid Detergent Lignin, Neutral Detergent Fibre, Copper, Iron, Magnesium.

Plant Analysis Section

Analysis of plant tissues for major nutrients and micro-elements.
Analyses: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, sulphur and zinc.

Crop and Water (Irrigation) Section

Analysis of fruits, Water (suitability for irrigation).
Analyses: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphate, nitrate, °Brix, pH, electrical conductivity, acidity and chloride

Organic Section

 This section is equipped to carry out the following determinations:

  • Pesticide residues in fruits, vegetables, fish, honey and water.
  • Aflatoxins (B & G) in nuts, animal feeds and spices.
  • Sugars (Fructose, Glucose and Sucrose) in Honey.
  • Histamine in fish and fishery products.



Submission of samples and Request for analysis

All samples for analysis must be accompanied with a duly signed request for analysis.
When the samples are submitted to the laboratory, the request for analysis should mention:

the nature of the sample, e.g. soil, plant, water, feeds etc.
the date of submission of the samples
the number of samples
the analysis to be carried out, i.e. the parameters to be determined (e.g. nitrogen or phosphorus in soil).

The samples are to be submitted in sufficient quantities and appropriate containers, e.g. plastic or paper bags or bottles and properly labelled.
Samples will be received in the laboratory during the following hours on working days:

                  09.00 – 12.00 hrs
                  13.00 – 15.00 hrs

Perishable items (e.g. fresh vegetables, fruits, leaves etc.) should not be sent on the afternoon of Fridays or on the eve of public holidays.


Small cane planters may contact the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority (MCIA) for submission of their soil samples.

Non-sugar crop growers and livestock breeders may contact FAREI for submission of their samples.

Indicative prices charged by the Division for the different types of services.

Download application form for submission of samples for analysis.
(Word version)              (pdf version)


Permits and Licenses

Sale of fertilisers/Agricultural Chemistry Division
Site inspection and issue of license for wholesalers and retailers for the sale of chemical fertilisers.

Download application form for license for the sale of chemical fertilisers to wholesalers and retailers. ( Word version(PDf version)