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​​​Agricultur​al Services​​
Agricultural Chemistry ​Division


Contact Person:
Position:
Tel No:
Fax:
E mail:
Mrs. H. DOWLUT​​
​Principal Scientific Officer
​(230) 466 1435/1420 - 4657472
​(230) 466-1559
moa-agric-chem@govmu.org
hdowlut@govmu.org​​​

Introduction: ​​

The Agricultural Chemistry Division (ACD) was founded in 1940. It was then known as the Chemical Division of the Department of Agriculture of the Colony of Mauritius. In 1955, the Chemical Division wa​s restyled as the Agricultural Chemistry Division.

The Agricultural Chemistry Division, located in Réduit, is a registered laboratory under the aegis of Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security.

It is mainly responsible for providing analytical support services to the other divisions of the Agricultural Services, to Parastatal Bodies, to private sectors and to public in general requiring chemical analysis of samples related to agricultural activities. ACD performs technical, advisory and regulatory functions and also participates in the decision-making process of the Ministry.

Vision: ​​

To be an effective analytical support service provider to the farming community and agricultural sector for a sustainable agricultural development.

Mission:

To provide reliable and timely analytical support to the farming community for the chemical analysis of agricultural materials for good agricultural practice, food production and safety.

Mandate :

​The Agricultural Chemistry Division operates a laboratory, providing analytical support services (chemical analysis) to the agricultural communities and livestock breeders. It also issues licenses for the wholesale and retail sale of chemical fertilisers.​​

Activities:

​The Agricultural Chemistry Division provides services for chemical analysis of agricultural materials including water, soil, plants (vegetable and fruits), fertilisers, feed and fodder, compost, farm manure, nuts, maize (corn), rice, honey, fish and fish products for various parameters including nutritional composition, major & minor nutrients, residues and contaminants.

The purpose of the chemical analysis is to help the growers (planters) and farmers to determine the soil fertility status of their land, the suitability of water for irrigation, the mineral status of plants/leaves/vegetables and the nutritional value of the animal feed and fodder. The analyses also help in monitoring the presence of residues and contaminants in the agricultural products.​

Sect​​​ions

Tests (analysis) details

​Accred​itatio​n

Importa​nt Notes

Permits an​d Licenses



​​Sections








Tests (analysis) details:
More details on these tests (analysis) can be found in the table​ below:
Test/Analysis
Brief Description
Carried out on the following sample types:
Pesticide Residues​

Determination of Pesticide Residues (QuEChERS method for multi-residue Analysis of Pesticides Residues by LCMS-MS).

More than 150 molecules of pesticides can be identified, as per annex, where the list of all the pesticide residues and the reporting limits are mentioned.

Related Law/Regulation enforcement: Use of Pesticide Act 2018

Fruits, vegetables, fish, honey and water

Mycotoxins

- Aflatoxins (B, G & Total)

- Ochratoxin (OTA)

- M1

Determination of the products using High Performance Liquid Chromatography Method with Photochemical Reactor and fluorescence Detector.
  • Nuts, animal feeds and spices.
  • Cereals and pulses.
  • Milk
Heavy Metals (Inorganic)Determination of Lead, Cadmium and Total Mercury in Fish and Fishery Products using Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) for analysis.Fish and fishery products.

Total Volatile Basic -Nitrogen (TVB-N)

(Inorganic)

Determination of the Concentration of Total Volatile Basic Nitrogen (TVB-N) in Fish and Fishery Products. Samples are analysed by automatic steam distillation and titration using a Kjeltec apparatus.  Fish and fishery products.
HistamineDetermination of Histamine in Fish Sample using High Performance Liquid Chromatography Method with Diode Arrays Detection (HPLC-DAD)Fish and fishery products
Honey/ Sugars

Determination of Sugars (Fructose, Glucose and Sucrose) in Honey by HPLC with Refractive Index Detection.

Determination of Moisture Content in Honey using Moisture Analyser.

Determination of pH and Electrical Conductivity in Honey.

Determination of Ash content, Brix.

Honey and Fruit juices/nectars.
EthephonDetermination of Ethephon by LCMS-MS.Tomatoes and Pineapple
Soil and Fertiliser

(A) Determination of Moisture content

Determination of pH

Determination of Electrical Conductivity

Determination of Nitrogen

Determination of Phosphorus

Determination of Potassium

Determination of Organic Carbon

Determination of Minor elements (Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Manganese and Zinc)

 

(B) Determination of Moisture content
Determination of Nitrogen

Determination of Phosphorus

Determination of Potassium

 

Related Law/Regulation enforcement: Chemical Fertilizers Control Act 1980

Soil, compost, farmyard manure, poultry manure, organic residues or waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fertilisers

Plant

Determination of Nitrogen

Determination of Phosphorus

Determination of Potassium

Determination of Minor elements (Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Manganese and Zinc)

Determination of Nitrate

Plant tissues
Feed and Fodder

Determination of Dry matter

Determination of Crude Protein

Determination of Crude Fibre

Determination of Crude Fat (Ether Extract)

Determination of Ash

Determination of Calcium

Determination of Magnesium

Determination of Phosphorus

Determination of Acid Detergent Fibre

Determination of Acid Detergent Lignin

Determination of Neutral Detergent Fibre

Determination of Copper

Fodder, animal feed and pet food.

Tea

 

Determination of Total Ash

Determination of Water Soluble Ash

Determination of Acid Insoluble Ash

Determination of Alkalinity of Soluble Ash

Determination of Water Extract

Determination of Crude Fibre

Tea


 


The Food Technology Laboratory: An Accredited Laboratory

The Food Technology Laboratory is a laboratory accredited by MAURITAS.
The chemistry laboratory in the FTL building is equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus and equipment for chemical analysis as listed below:

Liquid Chromatograph with mass spectrometry (LCMSMS), Gas Chromatograph (GC), High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC),
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Kjeltec Auto Distillation Apparatus.

 

Quality Assurance

As part of its quality assurance for its test results, the Laboratory participates regularly in Proficiency Testing programs organized by internationally recognized institutions like:

FAPAS Food Analysis Performance Assessment SchemeFrom UK
BIPEA Bureau Inter Professionel d'Etudes Analytiques From France
WEPALWageningen Evaluation programme for Analytical Laboratories From The Netherlands
APTECAAflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in AfricaFrom Kenya
NMISANational Metrology Institute of South AfricaFrom South Africa

 

Proficiency Testing (PT) is a program wherein multiple samples are periodically sent to a group of laboratories for analysis,
with an aim to evaluate the laboratory's performance, regarding the testing quality of samples.


Important Notes: 

  • Fees per test, per sample

The price per sample for the different tests carried out at the Agricultural Chemistry Division can be found in the link below.

Link: Indicative Fees charged by the Divisio n for the different types of services

  • Information for customer

Link     : View Information for Customer and Sample Acceptance at Reception

  • 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).

Samples should be properly labelled and submitted in sufficient quantities and appropriate containers (See Information for Customer above).

Samples will be received in the laboratory on working days during 09.00 – 12.00 hrs and 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.
Samples that are not in good condition to be analysed, that is, rotten or perished, will not be accepted for analysis.

 

You can download the application form for submission of samples below.

Link: Download application form for submission of samples for analysis.

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

 

Permits and Licenses:

Application for licenses of retailers and wholesalers for the sale of chemical fertilisers are done at the Agricultural Chemistry Division. Download the required form, for same, through the link below.

Link: Download applicati on form for license for the sale of chemical fertilisers to wholesalers and retailers

Link: Indicative Fees charged by the Divisio n for the different types of services

Contact Us

Contact Person:
Position:
Tel No:
Fax:
E-mail:
Mrs. H. DOWLUT
Principal Scientific Officer
(230) 466 1435/1420 - 4657472
(230) 466-1559
moa-agric-chem@govmu.org
hdowlut@govmu.org

 

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