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COVID-19: Minister Gobin encourages sustainable and local food production

Date: March 18, 2020
Domain:Agriculture and Food Security
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 18 March, 2020:The Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security is doing its utmost best to reduce the consequential impacts of the pandemic COVID-19 on the national food security level by encouraging self-sufficiency in those agricultural products where it is possible.

The Attorney General and Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh Gobin made this statement at a press conference, this morning, at the seat of the Ministry in Port-Louis.

Prior to the press conference, the Minister chaired a meeting with stakeholders of public and private bodies to discuss the impacts of the novel coronavirus on the Food Security in Mauritius.

Mr Gobin highlighted that despite no case of Covid-19 has been reported in Mauritius, the country remains vulnerable to such a threat, hence self-sufficiency is a necessity to generate an increase in local production.

Even if there is no shortage of agricultural food on the market, Mr Gobin indicated, it is important that in the wake of such pandemic, local production of food crops is encouraged. The Ministry, he added, is striving to contain the risks of the virus and limit its impact on the agricultural sector.

The Minister further appealed to the population not to give in to panic buying and to avoid creating artificial shortages of products. He stated that the Ministry is acting proactively and will ensure that meetings be held regularly with stakeholders so as to communicate effectively important information to the public as the situation evolves.

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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