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Mauritius wants to achieve a certain self-sufficiency in terms of food security at the horizon of 2015

The Mauritian authorities have launched at the beginning of their strategy in terms of food security for the year 2015 with the aim to arrive at a certain self-sufficiency to respond to 33% at the request of its population.

"This will require an increase in the annual production of food crops from 115,000 tons to 130,000 tons, that of milk from 6 million litres to 14 million litres and meat of 1,300 tons to 2,300 tons", says the strategy paper for the 2013-2015 of the country food security.

But already the official body of statistics of the island, Mauritius Statistics, notes that the production of meat (-60, 6% with 54 tons this year against 137 tons in 2012) and vegetables (-7.8%) fell during the first half of 2013.

The production of rice has also decreased, with 646 tons of rice for the first six months of the year 2013 compared to 831 tons on the same calendar period in 2012.

As a reminder, the annual food import in Mauritius averaged before the implementation of the strategic plan of self-sufficiency on the island, no less than 800 million dollars (591 million euros), as indicates the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

Fabrice François

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