1853, 16 November
The Agricultural Society of Mauritius is founded.
1853, 3 December
Election of the first managing committee of the Society composed of 30 members. This committee called Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture is presided by Honourable Gabriel Fropier. The first secretary is J. W. Jeffreys.
Study on the labour force in the sugar industry. Pressure exerted upon Government to increase immigration and improve labour standards.
Study of a project for the institution of a land bank.
The Agricultural Society proposes the creation of a railway line in order to reduce transport costs encountered by planters. The construction works were completed in 1865.
In conjunction with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce, the Agricultural Society obtains the setting up of three maritime routes: Mauritius – South Africa by the Union Company; Mauritius – Ceylon also by the Union Company; and Mauritius – Aden by the Messageries Maritimes.
Interest shown for an Agricultural Bank Project, but the project will be realised much later.
Under the impulse of the Agricultural Society, setting up of a nursery at the Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses in order to propagate new varieties of canes.
The Society plays a major role in the discussions with Government that lead to the new Labour Code.
The Society comes forward with a project for the introduction of tramways on sugar estates in the aftermath of two epizooties that destroyed many carriage animals in 1876 and 1879.
Mauritius is connected by telegraphy to the rest of the world following an initiative of the Agricultural Society. In fact, as early as 1859, the Society proposed that telegraphic communication be established between Mauritius and other countries.
1893, 30 March
The Agricultural Society changes appellation and becomes the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
Foundation of the Agronomy Service following a recommendation of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture obtains a loan of Rs 3 million for the benefit of planters to provide for the installation of tramways and the replacement of animal transport by mechanical transport.
First edition of the Annuaire Agricole published by the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture initiates a project for the setting up of a cyclone insurance scheme, which, after lengthy discussions, comes into being in 1946.
Inauguration of the bacteriology laboratory set up at the request of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture and of the Medical Society of Mauritius to study the surra, an illness affecting cattle and horses.
Foundation of the Statistical and Agricultural Information Office of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture, with Henri Robert as Director.
Foundation of the Société des Chimistes de Maurice, which becomes in 1951 the Société de Technologie Agricole et Sucrière de l’île Maurice.
Creation of the Department of Agriculture.
Appointment of Sir Louis Souchon as first London representative of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
Creation of the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate approved by the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
Opening of the College of Agriculture, as a branch of the department of Agriculture.
Creation of the Research Service.
Conference at the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture on “The economic fertilisation of sugar cane” by Dr W.H.C. Knapp, a Dutch scientist.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture obtains the setting up of an Agricultural Bank on mortgages.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture appoints a liaison officer to work at the Labour Department, founded in 1937, and cooperates with the authorities for the arbitration of industrial conflicts.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture obtains the enactment of a special ordinance prohibiting the planting of canes of poor quality.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture participates in the deliberations of the Economic Commission.
The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture obtains a uniform accountancy system on sugar estates.
Creation of a laboratory for foliar diagnosis.
Signature of the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement.
Creation of the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI) to replace the Research Service.
1953, 28 September
The College of Arms of London hands over to the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture its Coat of Arms, it's motto being “Cereri Fecundae Sacrata” - Translation: The Chamber (implied) is dedicated to fertile Ceres (the goddess of harvests).
Creation of the Public Relations Office of the Sugar Industry (PROSI).
Amendment of the statutes of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture in order to increase planters’ representation.
Creation of a branch of diversification at the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture.
Negotiations between the European Union and ACP countries result in the adoption of the Sugar Protocol.
Organisation of Expo 76 at the Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses.
Setting up of the Avramovich Commission of Enquiry on the sugar industry.
Creation of the Mauritius Sugar Authority.
Submission to Government of a Master Plan on agriculture.
Launching of the Sugar Industry Efficiency Study to prepare the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act.
Launching of the Sugar Sector Strategic Plan.
Launching of the Non-Sugar Sector Strategic Plan for Agriculture.