GIS - 06 September, 2013: The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Attorney-General, Mr Satish Faugoo, exhorted planters to adopt good agricultural practices and ensure that they deliver high quality products so that the consumer’s health is not put at stake.
In his address on the occasion of the Planters Excellence Award Nite 2012 held yesterday evening at La Plantation Resorts at Balaclava, the Minister outlined that planters have a very important role in the economic and social sectors. He urged them to take advantage of the various schemes that Government has put at the disposal of members of the agricultural community.
The PEAS (Planters Excellence Award Scheme), is a national competition organised by the Small Farmers Welfare Fund (SPWF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, with the objective of recognising and rewarding the efforts of planters in the production and supply of safe food for the country and their contribution to the national economic development and food security.
The objective of the Scheme is to encourage small planters to promote good agricultural practices, environmental stewardship, amongst others and to assist them in conducting sustainable agriculture in a profitable manner. The PEAS is awarded on a yearly basis to planters registered with the SPWF who have excelled in their specific crop sector.
For this edition of the PEAS, which is the second one, awards have given to planters having excelled in the following categories: sugarcane; vegetables; protected culture; fruits; tea; and tobacco.
The scheme has been extended to Rodrigues for two categories namely: fruits and vegetables. Assessment and selection of winners are made on various pre-established criteria such as good agricultural and management practices, innovative ideas, planter’s vision for business and social behaviour amongst others.
A total of 265 applications from planters in Mauritius and 53 in Rodrigues was registered for the 2012 competition compared to 150 last year. For the 3rd edition scheduled to be launched in October 2013, small breeders and agro processors would be included to participate in the scheme.
The first prize is a foreign study tour, through an exchange programme between Mauritius and Rodrigues, comprising return ticket, hotel accommodation, inland transport and pocket money. The second and third prize are cash prizes.
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