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Budget 2020-2021 Agricultural Marketing Board to be restructured

Date: June 16, 2020
Domain:Agriculture and Food Security
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS – 16 June 2020: The Agricultural Marketing Board (AMB) will be restructured with a view to becoming a strategic marketing arm of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security and will intervene to stabilise the price of agricultural produce, stated the Attorney General, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh Gobin, today, at the National Assembly during his intervention on the Budget 2020-2021.

 

Minister Gobin highlighted that, with this restructuring, the AMB’s operation will not be limited only to potatoes, onions and garlic but it will be mandated to deal with a variety of food products so as to ensure regular supply of same at affordable price. He pointed out that more retail outlets will be opened across the island, thus revamping the operational role of the AMB and its products will be made available to a larger number of private operators across the country.

 

He also underlined that the Mauritius Agricultural Marketing Act (1963) will also be amended to provide for the management, by the AMB, of the National Wholesale Market, which is currently under construction. With the support of the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI), this initiative will further enable the Ministry to prepare and implement a production plan for food crops based on local demand, he added.

 

Furthermore, Minister Gobin emphasised that several measures will be implemented so as to ensure food crop availability and accessibility to the population. They are: the establishment of a price stabilisation mechanism for agricultural produce; a Planned Production Strategy; and the storage and the agro-processing of surplus produce which will be made possible through the inception of a comprehensive National Agri-Food Development Programme, as announced in the Budget Speech.

 

The Agro-Industry Minister also dwelt on several other measures to be implemented for the crop sector, the Planned Production Strategy, animal production, biodiversity, and the tea sector. In addition, he underscored that some 500 arpents are being targeted for the implementation of the Planned Production Strategy by the institutions operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security.

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org  Mobile App: Search Gov​
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