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​​​​​​​​​​​Agronomy Division ​​​


​Frequenly Asked Questions

1. What are the different activities of Agronomy Division?
​​Agronomy Division conducts research work on hydroponics and organic farming. Its other mandate is to produce vegetable and tobacco seeds. In addition, it maintains the yards of State House .
2​. Where are re​search and seed production activities carried out?

These activities are carried out at the four experiment stations managed by the division, viz Plaisance Experiment Station, Richelieu Experiment Station, Belle Vue Experiment Station and Curepipe Experiment Station. 

Tobacco seeds are produced solely at Richleieu E.S.

3. What are the tobacco varieties propagated?

The two main flue-cured varieties are K 326 and RG 13 while the air-cured variety propagated is Amarello.

4. What is the amount of tobacco seeds produced?

The quantity of seeds to be produced is determined by the Tobacco Board and it varies around 30 kg yearly. Please note that the division is the sole producer of tobacco seeds in Mauritius.

5. How are the tobacco seeds disposed of?
The harvested and processed seeds are sent to Barkly Experiment Station for storage. From there it is collected free of charge by the Tobacco Board which distributes it freely to the registered planters.

6. What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics or soilless culture is a process by which vegetable crops are produced without soil. The roots of the plants are held in a solution containing fertilisers (fertigation water).

7. What is fertigation?
Fertigation is a contraction for "fertiliser" and "irrigation". Fertigation is the irrigation of plants with water containing dissolved fertilisers.

8. What is the composition of the fertigation water?
The fertigation water contains all the elements in the proper proportion that the plants require for a healthy growth and development. The elements may be derived from a range of chemicals/fertilizers. 
These chemicals are available from Fertiliser Stores. Through absorbing the water, the plants also take in these nutrients.

 How often must the fertigation water be changed?
It is recommended to change the fertigation water after topping it for a month.
See more on Hydroponics

10. What is organic farming?
Organic farming is the cultivation of crops without using chemical fertilisers and chemical pesticides.

11. What types of fertilisers are used in organic farming?
Only organic fertilisers are used such as cow and poultry manure, poultry litter, etc.

12. How are the pests controlled?

Pests may be controlled using plant extracts such as Neem which are commercially available.

13. Can any crop be grown using the organic way?

Any vegetable or fruit may be produced without using chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

​14. Whom should I contact to have additional information?

You may phone the registry of Agronomy Division at 466 1867, which will transmit your query to the relevant staff.​​