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Working on measures to "relieve" fruit producers victims of bats




Bats, protected species in Mauritius are for many years a real scourge for local producers of fruits and who suffered heavy losses in their orchards.

The Minister of Agro Industry Mahen Seeruttun who met industry professionals, ten days ago, recently declared floor on measures to "alleviate" producers and which be announced soon.

"You know, Mauritius signed an international convention to protect these mammals. And since there has been no hurricanes for more than ten years, bats have multiplied and today they are becoming a nuisance," said the Minister.
Safety nets are not effective enough according to the framers. Last year, nearly all of longan crop has been particularly destroyed by bats.
As a reminder, some 50,000 bats were recorded in 2014 in Mauritius. Bat colonies Pteropus Niger attack the crops of fruit (litchis, mangoes, etc.) in the orchards of the island. And only by using protective nets to fight against bats is advocated for the time being by the authorities.





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