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Local milk production should be boosted to decrease reliance on importation, says Minister Bholah

Date: August 09, 2018
Domain:Business & Industry
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 09 August, 2018: A one-day training programme for cooperative cow breeders was held yesterday at the Maison des Eleveurs in Glen Park. The training programme, attended by some twenty participants from different regions of the country, was an initiative of the Mauritius Livestock Marketing Cooperative Federation Ltd (MLMCF) . The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr. Soomilduth Bholah was present on the occasion.
The objective of the training programme was to encourage cooperative cow breeders who mostly practice traditional forms of breeding to adopt modern techniques as well as to create a platform to create a line of communication so that the MLMCF can work closely with and support them by increasing their knowledge and skill to improve their productivity and income.
As part of the training, the participants visited the Pasteurisation Plant operated by the MLMCF Ltd and the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Unit at La Brasserie.
In a statement, the Minister underlined around 95% of milk consumed in Mauritius are imported and to decrease this reliance, Government is determined to boost the local production of milk. To this end, he added, the Ministry is offering the necessary financial assistance and resources to revitalise and boost the dairy sector.
He took stock and expressed satisfaction of the increased productivity in the milk production as a result of the newly acquired Milk pouch Packing Machine by the MLMCF and the refrigerated vehicle donated by Asia Africa Rural Development Organisation.
Minister Bholah recalled that the Pasteurisation Unit of the MLMCF has been renovated to increase its capacity in the production of pasteurised milk in accordance with sanitary standards.  Some 400 packets of milk are produced from the milk collected from local breeders on a weekly basis.  He also highlighted that the truck has helped to improve the transportation and storage of milk products. 
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