GIS - 28 October, 2015: Figures from Statistics Mauritius indicate that at the end of June 2015, some 4 173 hectares under sugar cane were harvested, yielding 352 026 tonnes of sugar cane and 28 780 tonnes of sugar.
The corresponding figures for the same period of 2014 were 4 133 hectares, 319 391 tonnes of sugar cane and 28 583 tonnes of sugar respectively. The average extraction rate as at end of June 2015 was 8.18% compared to 8.95% as at end of June 2014.
The latest estimate of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture for the production of sugar for the 2015 crop is 410 000 tonnes which represents an increase of 2.5% compared to 400 173 tonnes for 2014.
As for livestock, during the first six months of 2015 beef production from live cattle was 1 014 tonnes, 4.3% higher than the production of 972 tonnes in the same period of 2014. The production of beef from the slaughter of imported cattle and that of local beef rose by 1.7% and 72.2% respectively. The production of goat meat and mutton went down by 24.1%, and that of pork increased by 6.0%.
As reported by Statistics Mauritius the production of poultry was 23 200 tonnes in the first semester of 2015 compared to 23 000 tonnes in the corresponding period of 2014 whereas fish production increased by 6.4% from 6 805 tonnes in the first six months of 2014 to 7 239 tonnes for the same period of 2015. Production of other catch and that of fresh coastal fish rose by 6.7% and 3.8% respectively.
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