Bio Farming

The Government announced in the Government Programme 2015-2019 that it will take one of the key measures to promote natural farming and organic production.

The National Budget 2015/16 advocated that “Bio Farming will be one of the priority sectors under the SME Scheme with the introduction of a package of relevant incentives”.  The Strategic Plan 2016-2020 for the Food Crop, Livestock and Forestry Sector launched by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security also enumerated a set of measures so as to meet with Government’s vision for the promotion of Bio Farming.

Bio Farming Support Scheme

Government Measures

National Budget 2016

Introduction of a “Bio Farming Development Certificate” including a Package of  incentives among which

  • an 8 year tax holiday and
  • Exemption from various taxes and duties on importation of bio food inputs
Strategic Plan (2016-2020) for the Food Crop, Livestock and Forestry Sectors

Proposed Measures for the development of Bio Farming

  • Development of bio production protocols.
  • Introduction of bio farming certificate to encourage bio food production
  • Establishment of dedicated bio farming zones, and the relevant conditions to be imposed on land use and crop management
  • Training of farmers in production of bio food production
  • Provision of support schemes for the purchase of inputs/equipment for bio farming
  • Promoting markets for produce from fields in the process of conversion to organic
  • Review of Dangerous Chemicals Control Act to regulate the import and use of bio pesticides
  • Sensitization of the public on the importance of consuming bio food and valuing the difference
  • Review of Chemical Fertilizers Act to regulate the import and use of bio fertilizers and other organic fertilizers, growth promoters and activities such as dyes and colorants; and
  • Harmonizing and standardizing procedures for the evaluation of plant protection products, and soil conditioners for use in bio farming.
Zero Budget Natural Farming
The Zero Budget Natural Farming is said to be an ecological farming approach that imitates nature. It is a self-sustainable, with minimal human intervention for plant nutrition and plant protection. It is recognizes the soil as a fundamental natural asset and relies on elements found in nature whereby all the nutrients needed for plant growth are supplied naturally. No chemical inputs are used. It reintroduces beneficial micro-organisms in our soil which are vital to restore the soil health. The availability of nutrients to plant is hence improved and this increases crop yield and quality. The bio-sphere of the root system of the crop is also improved leading to reduction in root stress.
The concept of Zero Budget Natural Farming has been designed by Dr.Subhash Palekar, a Naturalist from India. The natural preparation is of cow dung and cow urine of local cow breed, unrefined raw sugar and gram flour. The concept also includes preparation of natural pesticides from cow urine and other selected plant materials.
The Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI) has been conducting a series of research and vulgarization among the planting community on the benefits and mode of preparation of the natural products.
Source: Zero Budget Natural Farming Booklet, FAREI, September 2015

Bio Product Suppliers

Bio Products for plants

 

Soil treatment for Carbon deficiency in soil conditioning purposes.  Available in Granules / Powder.

 

PRATHISTANUTRI (MAURITIUS) LTD
Royal Rd Brisée Verdière                
Contact Person:
Mr. Bisnauthsing
Tel: 418-2407/ 5 256-1254
Email:shyamabis@yahoo.co.uk

To address Phosphorus deficiency for all Crops.  Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

 

PRATHISTANUTRI (MAURITIUS) LTD
Royal Rd Brisée Verdière                
Contact Person:
Mr. Bisnauthsing
Tel: 418-2407/ 5 256-1254
Email:shyamabis@yahoo.co.uk

To address Potash deficiency for all Crops.  Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

A composition of “Phosphorus” & “Potassium” in organic form (Proteino-Lacto-Gluconate).  Recommended for all crops.  Meet deficiencies of Potassium and Phosphorus when Nitrogen fertilization should be limited.

Formulation to address Nutrients deficiency for all crops. Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

To address Zinc deficiency for all crops. Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

To address Sulphur deficiency for all crops. Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

To address Nutrients deficiency for all crops. Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

To address Magnesium deficiency for all crops.  Available in both Water soluble (Foliar / Fertigation / Drip purposes) and Granulated (for soil applications) forms.

Neem Formulations For Crop Protection.

Mixture of various Plant extracts like Neem, Karanj, Mustard, Aloe Vera, Chillies & Garlic etc.  Available in both Water soluble (for Fertigation / foliar / Drip).

Bio Products for open field & Hydroponics

 

Plant accelerator from Seaweed extract.

BIOEDGE
Avenue des Capitaine 90910, Tamarin, Mauritius
Tel: 5 493-2730.
Email: bioedge@gmail.com

Enhance fertilizers intake by plants.  Humic acid.

 

BIOEDGE
Avenue des Capitaine 90910, Tamarin, Mauritius
Tel: 5 493-2730.
Email: bioedge@gmail.com

Reinforce immune system of plants, making them resistant against pest attack.

BioSevia, the nutrient that brings the humus fraction of soil, and which contains a wide range of large organic molecules reproducing the complexity of soil in the nutritive solution.

 

BIOEDGE
Avenue des Capitaine 90910, Tamarin, Mauritius
Tel: 5 493-2730.
Email: bioedge@gmail.com

BM, Trichoderma harzianum, the micro-organisms which bring microbial life and participate in the carbon cycle.

 

BIOEDGE
Avenue des Capitaine 90910, Tamarin, Mauritius
Tel: 5 493-2730.
Email: bioedge@gmail.com
Bio Products

 

  • Improves uptake of nitrogen in soil by plants.  
  • Enhancement of seed germination and plant growth and release of plant growth hormones and Vitamins
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu 

 

  • Improves uptake of nitrogen in soil by plants.  
  • Enhancement of seed germination and plant growth and release of plant growth hormones and Vitamins
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu 
  • Provides nutrients.
  • Enhances yields and provides protection against soil borne diseases.
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu. 
  • Provides the much required nutrients and micronutrients along with protection against emergent diseases.
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu. 
  • Effective against a large variety of larval, sucking and chewing pests.
  • To be sprayed over the foliage at time of pest infestation.
  • Can be mixed with chemical pesticide.
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu. 
  • To be sprayed over pest infested foliage and can be mixed with chemical pesticides.
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu. 

 

  • K-active consists of Potassium Mobilizing Bacteria (Frateuriaaurantia) which play an important role in mobilizing Potassium present in the soil to the plant’s root zone.
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu 

 

  • Phosfort consists of Phosphorous Solubilising Bacteria (Pseudomonas sp) which play an important role in converting insoluble phosphatic compound into available form.
THE MAURITIUS CO-OPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL FEDERATION LTD
Caudan – Port Louis
Tel: 212-360
Contact Person:  Mr. P. Ruggoo
Email: mcafco@intnet.mu. 

 

  • Provide greenhouse and open field grade fertilizers.
GOLDEN VALLEY LTD
20 Hollyrood Road, Vacoas
Tel: 292-5095 / 5 907-5264

  • Ferrich is a compost  produced by Solid Waste Recycling Ltd. (SWRL), containing micro and macro nutrients to be used as a soil enricher.
SOLID WASTE RECYCLING LTD
La Chaumiere, St Martin
Tel: 452-5250
Fax: 452-5515
  • Mildew Control is an all-natural fungicide composed of plant extracts.
  • It is applied to the leaves & soil and is effective against Downey & Powdery Mildew and other mildew diseases in the order of Erysiphales
  • These mildews are known to significantly reduce crop yields.
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806
  • Fungus Leaf Control is a natural enzymatic fungicide that must be applied via foliar spray before or immediately after initial disease occurrence.
  • The enzymes consume the walls of the fungal cell, causing it to die.
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806
  • MultiMite Control is a plant extract pesticide that targets all mites.
  • It is applicable on leaves as a foliar spray, kills on contact or ingestion, and is fast acting with long lasting effects.
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806
  • Slug Control is a slug pesticide made from natural plant extracts that is applied directly onto the leaves of the plant.
  • It targets all slugs, earthworms, mole crickets, and ants.
  • This substance disturbs the function of a slug’s mucous and salivary gland so the slug cannot move, eat or reproduce.
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806
  • Spider Mite Control is a plant extract pesticide used to control spider mites, which are known to feed on several hundred species of plants.
  • The plant oil extracts disrupt the breathing of spider mites and also prevent laid eggs from hatching.
  • Spider Mite Control is a safe, all-natural alternative to conventional pesticides and does not cause resistance development after continuous use.
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806
  • Effective against chewing, sucking, piercing insects (larvae  and adults) such as Diamond back moth, Cabbage moth, Common cabbage butterfly, Tobacco cutworm, Corn earworm, Beet armyworm, Rice leaf folder, Rice stem borer, Armyworm, Rice green caterpillar. 
  • Effective against Phytophtora (Late blight), Alternaria (Early blight), gray mold, Downy mildew and other diseases. 
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806
  • PF Control 83 contains a unique blend of ingredients that provides impressive control over a wide range of diseases and pests.
  • PF Control 83 is based on plant oil extracts Oxymatrine and Thymol and represents a new, unique approach towards integrated pest management.
ROGER FAYD’HERBE
Zone Industrielle, Plaine Lauzun
Tel : 208-1806

Bio Networking

VELO VERT is an education and awareness organization that can each make a choice for their daily diet, and know where to find it.  The mission of VELO VERT is to share and coordinate training on agro-ecology and chemical-free cultivation techniques; in schools, neighborhoods, small and large business enterprise, consum’actors and farmers.

Link: http://www.levelovertilemaurice.org

Earth Markets are present in many countries and now in Mauritius. Earth Markets are farmers’ markets that have been established according to guidelines that follow the Slow Food philosophy. 

These community-run markets that are important social meeting points, where local producers offer healthy, quality food directly to consumers at fair prices and guarantee environmentally sustainable methods.
 
Link to earth market: www.earthmarketsmauritius.com