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Small Farmers Welfare Fund (Under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security)

Farmer's Card


 

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 Picture of a sample Farmer's Card

 
 

The registered members of the Fund are issued with their respective Farmer's Card which gives them access to Welfare Schemes implemented by the Fund:

 
I.
WE enable farmers mitigating the impact of risks on their businesses and day to day activities through the following Risk Management Tools
 
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Welfare Schemes
 
Benefits provided to farmers
1.
Agricultural Calamities Solidarity Scheme (ACASS)
 
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Financial support on crop/animal losses, to assist farmers restarting their activities promptly and enhance their sustainability.
2.
Accident Insurance Scheme (AIS)
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Financial support including redundancy allowance, disability compensation and re-imbursement of medical expenses,  etc  in case of accident.
 
3.
Farmers’ Pension Scheme (FPS)
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Pension benefits including retirement pensions and/or lump sums, widow’s pension, etc.
 
4.
Funeral Scheme
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Financial support in case of the demise of a family member
 
5.
Action Plan Against Agricultural Thefts
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To assist farmers in cracking down thefts of agricultural produce through preventive measures to protect their fields, as well as, ensure their own security.
 

      

  

II.
WE provide Farm Businesses Boost Ups to small farmers through the following incentives:

 

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Welfare Schemes
Benefits provided to farmers
1.
Compost Subsidy Scheme
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Compost (up to 1 ton/arpent) free of charge to assist in reducing cost of production and promoting sustainable agriculture.
 
2.
Calf Productivity Incentive Scheme
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Cash Incentive of Rs 5,000/- provided per calf having reached the age of 3 months up to a maximum of 30 weaned calves per year to encourage breeders a better care of their animals hence mitigating mortally rate.
 
3.
The Pre-Market Test & Certification Scheme
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Subsidy up to Rs 400,000/- granted on the Pre-Market Test & Certification of agro processed products, to enable agro processors tapping higher end market and ensure safe food for consumers.
 
4.
Certification for Concessionary Road Tax
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The SFWF is the authorized body certifying farmers to enable them benefiting from preferential rates on road tax on utility vehicle.
 
5.
VAT Refund Scheme
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The SFWF is the authorized body certifying farmers to enable them benefiting from VAT refund on the purchase of agricultural machinery, equipment, spare parts, etc, as fiscal incentives to reduce cost of production and adopt modern technologies.
 
 
6.
Incentive for Milk Production Scheme
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A cash grant of Rs 5,000 provided to all small dairy cows breeders registered with the SFWF for each of their heifers they have successfully reared up to the lactating period for a maximum of 40 cows per breeder.
 

 

 

III.
WE continuously endeavor to Build the Capacity of the farming community through the following:
 
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Welfare Schemes
 
Benefits provided to farmers
1.
SFWF Scholarship Scheme
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Financial support is provided to children of small farmers to pursue further studies either at the secondary level or the tertiary level.
 
2.
SFWF Farmers' Knowledge Forum
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To continuously impart knowledge to farmers to empower them and enabling them embracing modern technologies, be better aware of fiscal and other incentives provided by the Government, etc.
 
3.
Work Based training for children of farmers
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Work based training (on-the-job & off-the-job) is provided to children of farmers (S.C, H.S.C, holders and University students) to better equip them for their future career.  A monthly stipend is paid to the trainees.
 
 

 

IV.
WE contribute to enhancing the Quality of Life of farmers and their families through the following social instruments:

 

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Welfare Schemes
Benefits provided to farmers
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Family Fun Days for small farmers and their families
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The SFWF organizes Family Fun Days regularly for registered farmers and their families to provide them leisure activities and to promote networking among farmers.
 
2.
Free Medical Check Up
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Free Medical Check Up including the Cholinesterase test provided on a regular basis to small farmers and their families.
 
3.
SFWF Welfare Games
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Sports (football & volleyball tournaments, cross country, etc), educational (quiz, chess competition, etc) and leisure (Treasure Hunt, etc) facilities were offered to children of planters during school holidays through the SPWF Welfare Games.
 
The winners for each competition obtained  prizes, including trophies, tracksuits, etc
 

 

 and other facilities provided by the government for the farming community like:

(i)   Loans at the Development Bank of Mauritius at soft

(ii)  Exemption from customs duty and import levy on agricultural machines, vehicles, equipment and spare parts

(iii) Purchase of restricted pesticides, e.g. Gramoxone

(i)  Purchase of seeds at AMB, boost up under the Seed Purchase Scheme at Barkly Station, etc.