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Agricultural  Services ​ 
Agricultural Chemi​stry Division
Contact Person:   Mrs. H. DOWLUT
Position :              Principal Scientific Officer
Tel :                      (230) 466 1435/1420
Fax:                     ​ (230) 466-1559
E mail :       


Soil and Fertiliser Analysis Section
Feed and Fodder Analysis Section​
Plant Analysis Section​
Pesticide Residue Analysis Section
Mycotoxins Analysis Section
Inorganic Analysis Section​
Submission of samples and Request for analysis​
Permits an​d 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.

    Pesticide Residue Analysis Section​​

    Analysis of pesticide residues in fruits, vegetables, fish, honey and water. 

    ​Mycotoxins Analysis ​Section

    Analysis of   Aflatoxins (B & G) in nuts, animal feeds and spices.

    Analysis of Ochratoxin (OTA) in cereals

    Inorganic Analysis Section​

    Heavy Metal Analysis

    Analysis of Total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N) in fish and fishery products.

    Other miscellaneous analyses:​​

    Analysis of fruits, Water (suitability for irrigation).

    Analysis of Honey for Sugars (Fructose, Glucose and Sucrose),pH, EC, % moisture etc.

    Analysis of 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 Divisio​n for the different types of services


          Download application form for submission of samples for analysis.              

    Permits and Licenses​

    ​Application for licenses of retailers and wholesalers for the sale of chemical fertilisers to be done at the Agricultural Chemistry Division.

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