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2014 Census of Agriculture

Highlights
 
1. Number of Agricultural Holdings
 
            Based on information collected at CA2014, the total number of agricultural holdings (excluding sugarcane and tea only) was estimated at 23,456 (Island of Mauritius: 18,350 and Island of Rodrigues: 5,106) and were predominantly (99%) in the household sector.
 
 
2. Characteristics of Agricultural Holdings
 
Area
           
-      The total area of holdings was estimated at 64,683 hectares and 1,767 hectares for Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues respectively over the period July 2013 to June 2014.
 
Activity
 
-      On the Island of Mauritius, the majority (55%) of the holding's activity in the household sector was growing of crops over the period July 2013 to June 2014 while those in the     non-household sector were predominantly (44%) doing mixed farming.
 
-      As regards the Island of Rodrigues, most (78%) of the holdings in the household sector were growing crops while the majority (43%) of those in the non-household sector was engaged in mixed farming.
 
Land Use
           
-       Out of the total area of holdings covered by the non-household sector in the Island of Mauritius over the period July 2013 to June 2014, 69% were under permanent crops while 5% were under temporary crops. On the other hand, in the household sector 35% of the areas were under permanent crops, while 51% were used for growing temporary crops.
 
-      As regards the Island of Rodrigues, most of the areas in both the non-household and household sectors were under temporary crops (57% and 66% respectively).
 
Land Tenure
 
-      In the Island of Mauritius over the period July 2013 to June 2014, most (95%) of the area in the non-household sector was owned by the farmers. In the household sector, nearly half (47%) of the area was owned by the farmers, while most of the remaining area was either rented from other owners or leased from Government.
 
-      For the Island of Rodrigues, most of the areas in both the non-household and household sectors were leased from Government.
 
 
Land Parcel
 
-      The number of land parcels operated by the household farms over the period July 2013 to June 2014 was estimated at around 31,600 and 7,500 on the Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues respectively.
 
3. Harvested and planted area of crops over the period July 2013 to June 2014
 
Harvested area of vegetables and cereals
 
-      The total harvested area of vegetables and cereals on the Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues was estimated at around 8,988 and 1,625 hectares respectively.
 
Planted area of fruit and nut trees
 
-      The total area under fruits and nuts on the Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues was estimated at around 1,415 and 110 hectares respectively.
 
Harvested area of horticultural products (Flowers and decorative leaves)
 
-      The total harvested area of horticultural products on the Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues was estimated at around 136 and 0.3 hectares respectively.
 
 
4. Livestock, poultry and beehive numbers
 
            The livestock, poultry and beehive numbers as at 30 June 2014 were estimated as follows:
 
Island of Mauritius​ ​Island of Rodrigues
Number ('000) Number ('000)
Livestock:
Cattle ​14 ​11
​Goats ​42 ​19
​Sheep ​4 ​10
​Pigs ​21 ​16
​Deer ​34 ​-
Poultry:
​Poultry-broiler ​3,100 ​76
​Poultry-layer ​670 ​16
​Poultry-local ​27 ​126
​Ducks ​5 ​14
​Other poultry ​9 ​Less than 1
Beehives:
​Productive beehives ​4 ​3
​Non-productive beehives ​2 ​1
 
 
 
 
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 October 2015