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tKSET is proud to anounced the launch of Aquaponics and Biofertilizer manufacturing in Mauritius starting as from mid January 2017.. The project is a landmark for Mauritius and will be the first in the region. The KSET team intents to produce formulated biofertiliser .The interest in biofertilizers is increasing and so is the potential for their use in sustainable agriculture. However, many of the products that are currently available worldwide are often of very poor quality, resulting in the loss of confidence from farmers. The formulation of an inoculant is a crucial multistep process that should result in one or several strains of microorganisms included in a suitable carrier, providing a safe environment to protect them from the often harsh conditions during storage and ensuring survival and establishment after introduction into soils. One of the key issues in formulation development and production is the quality control of the products, at each stage of the process. Set to start in mid January 2017 , we will be able to commercialise in March 2017.

KSET biofertiliser has been defined as the formulated product containing one or more microorganisms that enhance the nutrient status (and the growth and yield) of the plants by either replacing soil nutrients and/or by making nutrients more available to plants and/or by increasing plant access to nutrients.


Quality standards for production and marketing of biofertilizers


The quality standard of biofertilisers shall include parameters which can be listed in the label or that will be required to be provided in the dossier for the authorisation for marketing. We consider essential to foresee: the minimum count of viable cells/propagules, the efficiency in nutrient solubilisation and or fixation (in case of bacteria), the efficiency in plant inoculation (with respect to mycorrhizal fungi), the validity (shelf-life and/or expiry date), the contamination level, the pH, the physical form, carbon and water content . For the minimum count of viable cells/propagules and for the efficiency data, a range of values has been established, considering the technical possibilities from our side and the data from our researches. The correct identification of the PGPM strain included in the commercial preparations has been taken into considerations. This has been carried out according to molecular biology methods and the distinguishing characteristics of the strain provided in the process.


Are you wondering “what is aquaponics?” The most simple definition is that it is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. The third participants are the microbes (nitrifying bacteria) and composting red worms that thrive in the growing media. They do the job of converting the ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, then into nitrates and the solids into vermicompost that that are food for the plants.


In combining both systems aquaponics capitalizes on the benefits and eliminates the drawbacks of each.


currently recruiting microbiologist , project leader , driver , helper , lab assistant and interns