Agriculture has played a major role in the national economy for decades. Although it is no longer the largest contributor to national production and wealth generation, the sector still contributes significantly to GDP (3.9%), export earnings, forex earnings and employment. Over the years, the sector has evolved substantially; for instance, the sugar industry has graduated into the cane industry with includes production of refined and special sugars, alcohol & rum; while high value-added horticulture, fruits and vegetables and a multitude of processed foods are now produced locally.
The challenge in the post-covid era is to achieve self-sufficiency and food security. Several measures have been introduced to encourage import substitution, food processing, technology-based farming, and production of high-end products such as nutraceuticals.
Government’s strategy aims at modernising the sector through the adoption of new technologies; enhancement of food quality and safety; adoption of good agricultural practices and green agriculture concepts; and promotion of value addition. Business opportunities to integrate new agricultural technologies to boost the sector’s efficiency and increase land productivity are available.
The Mauritius Agricultural Landscape
|Area harvested (hectares)||Production (tonnes)|
|Tea (green leaves)||685||5,034|
Through a panoply of schemes and unique incentives offered, EDB Mauritius supports the expansion and growth of business operations as a way to enhance substantive and value-added economic activities in Mauritius.
Julie de Chasteauneuf, Communication and Marketing Officer
Indika Pharma Ltd
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