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Agricultural and Mechanical Unit – AMU

Introduction

The Agricultural Mechanisation Unit (AMU) of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority manages a fleet of agricultural machines and equipment consisting mainly of Crawler Tractors, Pneumatic Tractors, Excavators, Bell Loaders, Roller, as well as various equipment and accessories.

SR DESCRIPTION TYPE CAPACITY
1 Crawler Tractor D6 165 – 185 HP
2 Crawler Tractor D7 220 HP
3 Crawler Tractor D8 300 HP
4 Excavator SOLAR 500 LC-V 50 Tonnes
5 Excavator PC – 350 35 Tonnes
6 Loader 950 F 170 HP
7 Bell Loader 1250 Cane Loader 38 HP
8 Roller 3410P 130 HP
9 Wheel Tractor 90 HP
10 Wheel Tractor 175-185 HP
11 Wheel Tractor 250 HP

Objectives and Functions

The AMU is headed by a Director who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the department. The department is responsible to :

  1. To maintain a pool of machinery for agricultural purposes
  2. To hire the agricultural machinery of the Authority to such persons and on such terms and conditions as the Board may determine.

Services to the Planting Community

Services to the Planting Community

The Unit undertakes land preparation works for various categories of planters. The types of service provided consist mainly of:

1. Land Clearing

2. Derocking

  • Coarse
  • Bulldozing
  • Rock breaking
  • Ripping
  • Raking
  • Fine
  • Chiselling
  • Rock aligning
  • Stone crushing

3. Levelling

4. Furrowing

5. Road tracing and road-making

6. Cane Loading

More than 85% of work performed by AMU machines is for sugarcane plantation.

Main Categories of Hirers

1. Small sugarcane planters

This category of planter consists mainly of small sugarcane planters and constitutes approximately 54% of the AMU’s workload. More than 85% have land of less than 1 ha while more than 65% have less than 0.5 ha. These planters benefit from highly subsidized tractor rates.

2. Sugar Estates

Some sugar estates also hire the machines of AMU for their sugarcane land preparation. They benefit from subsidized tractor hire rates but at a slightly higher hire rate.

3. Sugar Planters Regrouping Project (SPRP)

Since 2015, the Field Operations Regrouping and Irrigation Project (FORIP) has been replaced by the Sugar Planters Regrouping Project. With regards to land preparation works, the SPRP differs from the FORIP in as much as the number of effective hours of land preparation works is now limited to up to 15 hours per arpent. The total number of effective hours performed in Projects during period July 2017 to June 2018 amounts to 8664 hours only (representing 18.5% of the total effective hours performed),  which is substantially less than in previous years.

4. Small non-sugar planters

This category consists mainly of vegetable and food crop growers. They constitute approximately 8.5% of the total workload. The number of planters in this category has increased during the past year and is expected to increase furthermore this year.

5. Government and Parastatal Bodies

Government and Parastatal hire AMU machines for agricultural works and Government Funded project works. The tractor hire rates are not subsidized and are charged at full cost.

The table below shows the rates applicable to the different categories of hirers for different machines.

Registered Sugar Cane Planters Other Hirers
Small sugarcane planters Sugar Estates and Large Sugarcane Planters Small non-sugar planters such as vegetables and foodcrop growers Government and Parastatal bodies for agricultural works
 

Machine Type

Actual

Rs/Hr

TRP (Rs) Actual

Rs/Hr

TRP

(Rs)

Actual

Rs/Hr

TRP(Rs) Actual

Rs/Hr

TRP (Rs)
D6 540 480 840 5,100 1,230 5,100 2,985 5,100
D7 640 480 960 5,100 1,470 5,100 3,435 5,100
D8 840 480 1,320 5,100 1,860 5,100 3,985 5,100
Wheel Tractor 175-185 HP 540 240 840 600 1,200 600 2,225 600
Wheel Tractor 240 – 250 HP 630 480 960 600 1,440 600 2,450 600
Fine Derocking (WT) 175-185HP 840 720 1,320 7,400 1,595 7,400 2,805 7,400
Fine Derocking (WT) 240-250HP 930 720 1,320 7,400 1,740 7,400 3,265 7,400
Bell Loader for cane loading (min 10 hrs/day) 600 2500
Roller (min 10 hrs/day) 480 5,100 1,320 5,100 1,320 5,100 2,080 5,100
Exc 250 (min 10 hrs/day) 1,950 10,200 1,950 10,200 2,430 10,200 3,300 10,200
Exc 312 (min 10 hrs day) 2,190 20,000 2,190 20,000 2,790 20,000 3,835 20,000
Wheel Loader (min 10 hrs/day) 660 5,100 660 5,100 1,440 5,100 1,780 5,100

How to apply for AMU’s machines

A person wishing to hire machines should call at the Head Office of the Agricultural Mechanisation Unit on working days or on specific days at ETU Offices.

Office Tel No Hours
AMU Head Office, Plaine Lauzun, Cassis 2120725 Monday to Friday
9.00 -15.45 hrs
FSC Union Park 6778591 Friday
9.00 – 14.00 hrs
FSC St Felix 6226601 Tuesday
9.00 – 14.00 hrs
FSC St Pierre 4332482 Wednesday
9.00 – 14.00 hrs
FSC L’Unité 4165084 Wednesday
9.00 – 14.00 hrs
FSC Bon Acceuil 4185678 Tuesday
9.00 – 14.00 hrs
FSC Solitude 2615184 Thursday
9.00 – 14.00 hrs

Documents to be produced at time of Application

The Hirer should provide to the registration clerk the following information.

  • Type of machine, equipment and accessories required
  • Locality
  • Extent of land
  • Purpose (i.e whether for sugarcane or non-sugar plantation)
  • Period required
  • ID Card

For small sugarcane planters to benefit from sugarcane tractor rates, the hirer will need to produce the current year SIFB Card pertaining to the plot of land to be prepared.

Contact Us

Name Position
Mr. Ip Yam Director
Mr. Mungroo Operations Manager
Mr. Jeebodhun Workshop Manager
Mr. Ramkhalawon Operations Superintendent

ADDRESS

Agricultural Mechanisation Unit
Head Office
Cnr Iframac/Royal Road
Plaine Lauzun

PHONE

(+230) 212 0725
(+230) 212 3487
(+230) 212 9138
(+230) 5250 3917

FAX

(+230) 212 9045

EMAIL

fsa@mcia.mu
spmpc@intnet.mu