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Mauritius: Milk production increase of 97% in five years




The production of milk in Mauritius has increased by 97% since 2008 from 3.3 million liters to 6.5 million liters of milk for this year.  

These figures are explained by setting up a financial assistance of 30,000 rupees (750 euros) on the part of the Government of Mauritius at the time of the purchase of a heifer (costing between 80,000 rupees or 2,000 euros and 100,000 rupees or 2,500 euros) by breeders.
 
The amount of this aid, as announced during the 2014 Budget, must be increased and reach between 40,000 rupees (1,000 euros) and 50,000 rupees (1,250 euros).

7,000 smallholders are counted on the island in the beef sector, as indicated in the newspaper Le Matinal.
 
A better forage quality also contributed to this increase in milk production, with today some 78 hectares of forage planted on the island.

As a reminder, Mauritius imports almost 112 million liters of milk each year to about 3 billion rupees (75 million euros). 

The consumption of milk in the country is around 120 million liters per year.



Fabrice François


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