The Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI) has been established on 14 February 2014 as per the FAREI Act 2013 to take over the functions of the Food and Agricultural Research Council (FARC) and the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (AREU). It operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security. This restructuring is part of the Government Programme to reform parastatals of the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security with a view to improve the cost-effectiveness, quality of services and optimal use of human resources at both organisations.
The Institute has the responsibility to conduct research in non-sugar crops, livestock, forestry and to provide an extension service to farmers in Mauritius including its outer islands. The FAREI is managed by a Chief Executive Officer who is also the Accounting Officer. Its management team comprises three Assistant Directors.
To help steer and promote the sustainable development of the National Agri-food System through the efficient and effective application of Research, Development and Training (RDT).
To support and implement priority RDT programmes and projects and appropriate technologies for food security and to enhance competitiveness, sustainability and stakeholder equity across the agri-food value chains.
- Introduce, develop and promote novel technologies in the food and non-sugar agricultural sector within a sustainable framework
- Co-ordinate, promote, and harmonise priority research activities in the non-sugar agricultural, food production and forestry
- Promote and encourage agricultural and agri-business development through the setting up of agricultural youth clubs, agricultural women clubs and agricultural entrepreneur clubs; and
- Promote dissemination and practical application of research results
Crop Research aims at the establishment of sustainable production systems and the development of new cropping technologies. Research programme focuses on the development of novel varieties through breeding programmes and biotechnology, optimal resource management and value addition through agro-processing.
Livestock Research thrusts aim to respond to farmers’ needs in raising the production and productivity of livestock enterprises by developing improved management practices and technique, feeding packages using locally available feed resources, the introduction of improved breeds, the conservation and utilisation of animal genetic resources.
The Extension and Training Department aims at increasing farmers’ knowledge and skill to improve their productivity and income. This is effected by timely technology transfer of innovative practice through a client focus and participatory approach. The Department has a comprehensive network of sub offices, model farms and a farmer training school to meet its objectives.