- 06 October, 2016: The tea sector support scheme to give a new boost to the tea industry was launched yesterday at Nouvelle France by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun.
In the 80’s, Mauritius used to produce some 8 000 tonnes of tea annually but now we produce some 1 500 tonnes only and exportation brings a turnover of around Rs 13 million only to the economy, recalled the Minister, adding that this scheme will help better contribute to the development of the sector.
Mr Seeruttun announced that pruning shears have been ordered from South Africa and these shears will be distributed freely to 1 400 tea planters for the picking of tea leaves. Moreover, with regard to the industry, Budget 2016-2017 makes provision for a new tea nursery to be established at La Brasserie, he said.
Other Budget measures include providing seedlings free to growers and giving a subsidy on fertilizers as well as the reopening of ex-Dubreuil tea factory which was closed in the late 1990s to promote tea and other agro-processing activities.
According to the Minister, foreign investors are showing great interest in helping Government relaunch this sector, and on the other hand, Government must see to it that when investors come, they have the workforce required to develop their business. A chinese businessman has already invested some Rs 200 million for the opening of a tea factory in Mauritius, he added.
Moreover, the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security will work with the Tea Research Institute of China for the diversification of the tea industry and the production of new tea varieties.
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