GIS– 15 October, 2015: The Mauritius Fruit Bats have been protected, and from a population of 10 000, they have grown to almost 100 000 now. So as to protect our fruits, the island wide C (culling) Bat Operation will be launched soon, announced the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Jayeshwur Raj Dayal, this morning at a press conference.
Fruit bats are native fauna which were considered as an endangered species in the 1980’s. He recalled that Government has agreed to the culling of the Mauritius Fruit Bat since now the bat is no longer considered as an endangered species and the aim is about getting the balance right so that we can continue to have a sustainable bat population but also agricultural production. Local fruits are also a source of income for many people, the Minister added.
According to Mr Dayal, the impact of the fruit bats on damage to fruits is quite severe as claimed by the public and fruit growers. The modalities for the C-Bat Operation have been established and all stakeholders have been consulted, he said.
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