The Small Farmers Welfare Fund is a parastatal body established under the Act No 12 of 2002 and working under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security to promote the economic and social welfare of small farmers and their families in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
 
Small farmers as defined by the Act of the SFWF are farmers registered with the Fund and include small planters, small breeders and small agro processing enterprises.
 
small farmer”—
(a)   means a small planter or a small breeder; and
(b)   unless the context otherwise requires, includes an agro-processing enterprise;
 

small planter” means a planter who is registered with the Fund as a planter -
(a) growing sugar cane, tea, tobacco or food crops, fruit and ornamental plants, or conducting sheltered farming, on his land or on leased land, on an extent of not less than 10 perches but not more than 10 hectares; or
(b) growing a single crop on his land or on leased land, on an extent of less than 10 perches, provided that the land is under intensive cultivation.
[S. 2 amended by s. 27 (c) of Act 38 of 2011 w.e.f. 15 December 2011.]
 
small breeder” means a breeder who is registered with the Fund as a breeder raising such number of animals as may be specified in the Schedule;
 
Type of breeding
Cattles
Fattening pig Sows Goat/Sheep Rabbit Poultry Honey Bees
No of heads
1-40
1-100
1-20
1-100
1-300
25-5000
Max 50 beehives
 
 
 
agro-processing enterprise means an enterprise owned by a small farmer or a group of small farmers, which is registered with the Fund as an enterprise conducting agro-processing activities, employing less than 10 persons and having an annual turnover not exceeding 10 million rupees;