GIS - 03 October, 2013: The garlic sector has a great potential in Mauritius and figures for the last two years clearly indicate that there is scope to increase garlic production. Planters should take advantage of the various schemes offered by the government to increase production as the Agricultural Marketing Board offers the guarantee to buy locally produced garlic.
This statement was made this morning by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Attorney General, Mr S. Faugoo, at the garlic harvest ceremony at Sorèze. The Minister recalled that in 1986 the local production of garlic was more than 300 tonnes and since then the figure has drastically gone down but recent figures show that the garlic sector is becoming competitive again.
The minister added that in 2011, 34 tonnes of garlic was produced and in 2012, 98 tonnes was produced locally and yet we still have to import a lot of garlic as the local consumption per year is around 1 600 tonnes.
It is expected that in 2013 the production of garlic will be above 125 tonnes and the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit is currently carrying field research on one variety of garlic which is seasonal and is showing promising signs for dry lands.
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