Jun 3, 2014
New Schemes to boost food production in Mauritius
The non-sugar sector must promote and reach excellence in operation and these 20 schemes have been put in place by the Government to help planters and breeders achieve this goal. Many of the existing schemes have been reviewed to make them more farmer friendly and in many cases the loan component have been replaced by grants.
This statement was made yesterday by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Attorney-General, Mr S. Faugoo, GOSK, during the launching of new schemes to boost food production at the Octave Wiehé Auditorium, Réduit.
Minister Faugoo recalled that some 14 schemes were put in place in the food crop and livestock sectors and the results obtained so far have been promising. He pointed out that we are today almost self-sufficient in food crop production such as potato, onion and garlic while milk and meat production have increased over the last few years.
Four new schemes have been introduced in the second Food Security Strategic Plan 2013-2015, namely the Promotion of Bee Keeping Scheme, the FORIP Scheme for the Non-Sugar Sector, the Family Farming Micro Project Schemes (Crop and Livestock sectors). These schemes aim at re-launching the apiculture sector and encourage families/households to develop and sustain production of vegetables, fruits, horticultural products and animal production with minimal processing.
A Food Security Fund was set up in 2008 whereby several schemes and projects were implemented to optimise food and livestock production. Two Food Strategic Plans were prepared in 2008 and 2013 respectively to provide strategic directions to stakeholders in the non-sugar sector to enhance production and quality of selected agricultural products such as potatoes, onions, garlic and also to revitalise the livestock sector.