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​Horticulture Division​​​
​ M​a​ndate​​

  Adequate and timely supply of quality vegetable seeds and fruit, medicinal and ornamental plants.


​     The Horticulture Division consists of five major stations each of which is under the responsibility of an Officer in Charge:

  Agricultural Services Reduit (Horticulture Division)

  Contact Person: Mrs. J. K. Jadunundun
​  PositionAg Senior Scientific Officerr
  Phone: (230) 4630565​​
  Fax: (230)​​ 464 5517

 Barkly   Experiment Station


Mr. N. Ahseek

Tel: 455 1010
​Fax: 454 6334 


 Curepipe Experiment Station

Mrs. R. Soogund

Tel: 676​ 1234
Fax: 670 1757



 Bambous Seed Production Centre

Mrs. H. Ramsahaye

Tel/Fax:452 0802 



 Plaisance Experiment Station

Mrs. L. Ramiah Chellaya

Tel 637 9457
Fax 637 7526


 Richelieu Experiment Station

Mr. K. Koonjee

Tel/Fax: 233 4173

Opening HoursWeekdays  only: from 08 45 to 16 00 (Lunchtime 12 00- 12 30) 

  Barkly Experiment Station consists of four sections:

Seed Production and Quality Declared Seeds

Mr N. Ahseek
Tel : 455 1010


Plant Propagation and Nursery

Mrs. M. Paria

Tel: 467 9150​​​​



​Seed Processing  Unit

Mrs. C.D.Soophul

Tel: 467 9151​


Tissue Culture Laboratory

Ms F.H. Eydatoula

Tel: 454 3013

Barkly Experiment Station​​

Brief History​​

Barkly Experiment Station was established in 1926 by Sir Harold Tempany and the management was entrusted to Charles O'Connor. Land for the establishment of the station was allocated from the Barkly Asylum. The station was name d after Sir Henry Barkly, a Bri​tish Governor (1863 -71). The first major project undertaken was the setting up of an orchard with all the best fruit trees found locally. This was soon followed by the introduction of other fruit trees such as coconut var. Pemba, litchi varieties, citrus species and ornamentals from abroad. During the past decades, facilities found on the station have been continuously upgraded with a view to cope with the increasing demand for plants and seeds.

Plant propagation and seed production were under the responsibility of the Crop Experiment Division until the setting up of the Horticulture Division in 1980. Barkly Experiment Station amongst other stations of the Agricultural Services contributes towards national agricultural production through the provision of quality vegetable seeds, and propagating materials of fruit and ornamentals plants.

Main Activities


Production and sale of vegetable seeds

The Horticulture Division produces seeds of more than 30 species of vegetable crops for the planting community and general public. Seedcrops are grown on different stations of the Agronomy and Horticulture Divisions where strict and specific norms of production are met. After harvest, seeds are sent to Barkly Experiment Station for processing, testing, packaging and storage.  Seeds with prescribed standard of germination are issued to different outlets, including Barkly E.S. for sale to the planting community and general public.

 Seeds of certain crops such as bean, lettuce, and onion are sold on a voucher system whereby eligible growers are requested to contact their respective regional Extension Offices (FAREI) to procure the necessary voucher. Other vegetable seeds are sold in an open system to growers with cultivation area of up to 1 arpent, above which a bona fide certificate from the Extension Service (FAREI) is obligatory.

Vegetable seeds produced at the Agricultural services

Sale outlets of the Agricultural Services


Production and sale of planting materials of fruit, ornamental and medicinal plants


For fruit, ornamental and medicinal plants, the Horticulture Division supplies propagating materials produced through either conventional viz., grafting, layering, cutting and seedling or tissue culture method (mainly banana and orchids).

Plants are sold either through an open sale system directly to the public or through a waiting list system for grafts and layers. Growers should submit their requests (Download application form) to the Plant Propagation Officer, Barkly Experiment Station or Agricultural Services Centres, mentioning the plant(s), variety and quantity required. These requests are computerized in order to ensure orderly sales when the plants a re ready and help to keep track of demands.


Open Sale:   Plants on waiting list
  • Fruit Trees (Seedlings)
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Ornamental Plants


  • ​​Grafts
  • Layers
  • Root Cuttings
  • Tissue Cultured Plantlets