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​​Agricultural Services
Land Use Division​

Contact Person:

E mail:
Principal Scientific Officer
(230) 401 2800 Ext 2833
​(230) 464 5605
(230) 466 9255


​​To advise on the rational use of land resources and to safeguard arable land against non-agricultural use.


The Land Use Division (LUD) was set up in 1974.  At that time, it was already recognized that pressure on arable land for urbanization and other non-agricultural purposes would go on increasing.  Therefore, it was essential that a division be entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of land use with a view to conserving arable land for agricultural purposes 



  • Implements Government's policy of conserving arable State land for agricultural purposes.
  • Submits views on applications for land conversion and parcelling-out.
  • Assesses land conversion tax payable under the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act.
  • Attends to requests for the leasing of State Land.
  • Carries out searches on land ownership at the Registrar's General office
  • Determines the exact area and mandatory distance of leased land from sentitive zones.
  • Acts as the notarial arm of the Ministry in drawing up agricultural land lease agreement and by collecting rent accruing thereon.
  • Manages and monitors arable State land in conjunction with other stakeholders.
  • Carries out site visits and submits views in connection with applications for Environmental Impact Assessment license and Preliminary Environmental Report license 
    ​         ​under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
  • Liaises with Agricultural Division of Rodrigues.