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Mauritius to import vegetables following heavy rainfall

Because of the heavy rainfalls that have affected local vegetable production since early January, Mauritius will inevitably have to resort to importing from South Africa, India and Egypt.

Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, made this statement on 19 January 2018 during a press conference. As a first step, 170 tons of carrot, 50 tons of cabbage, 15 tons of cauliflower, and 30 tons of beans will be imported over several weeks so as to prevent shortages on the local market.

Allafrica.com learned that Minister Seeruttun also aims at preparing a plan to help planters whose fields have been damaged. The final draft will be presented today at a Special Cabinet Meeting. Seeruttun pointed out that some 75 % of the local vegetable production was affected by the heavy rains and that it will take about three months for the situation to return to normal.


Publication date: 1/23/2018


 


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