Overview

The Vegetable and Ornamental Division conducts strategic research on the vegetable and ornamental and work on cost effective/adaptive technologies for their production. The research staff of the division works in close collaboration with extension officers and growers in order to ensure that the outcome of research activities reaches the producers in a timely manner and guarantees that their adoption is undertaken in a smooth way.

Mission

The mandate of the Vegetable and Ornamental Division is to carryout research on selected vegetables and ornamentals and on new techniques of production in view of helping growers to improve their cultural practices, their yield, the quality of their produce and eventually their revenue

The research programme of the division is mainly focused on the:

  • Introduction and evaluation of improved varieties of solanaceous (tomato, chilli), cucurbits (watermelon, squash, zucchini, cucumber, melon), crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), salad crops (carrot, lettuce) and mushroom (Pleurotus, Agaricus and Lentinula) with the aim of identifying promising, high yielding varieties that are resistant to major pests and diseases and that will adapt in our local agro-climatic conditions
  • Development of novel varieties for selected vegetables (tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, carrot and mushroom) and ornamentals (anthurium) in order to provide the farming community with high quality and high yielding new lines thus reducing our dependency on imported seeds
  • Improvement of local cauliflower and cucumber cultivars through maintenance breeding so as to re-establish their genetic purity through proper selection procedures thus having clean and high performing seeds available to growers
  • Introduction and evaluation new ornamentals species and varieties which will enlarge the diversity of ornamental species available to growers and local entrepreneurs in order to satisfy both the local and export market for cut flowers
  • Introduction and evaluation of crops/varieties in view of extending the range of crops/varieties that can be cultivated in hydroponics while proposing to growers high yielding varieties with good tolerance to major pests and diseases
  • Improvement of crop quality under protected structure and through the use of vertical trellising with the aim to ameliorate the yield and the quality of produce

Linkages

Local collaborators
With the local seed suppliers for introduction of high yielding varieties
With the State House for setting up of a bamboo collection
With the Development Bank of Mauritius for vetting of hydroponics projects

International Collaboration

With the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the implementation of projects with peaceful applications of nuclear technology