GIS – 22 August, 2019: The Winter Allowance to tea planters has been doubled this year so as to enable planters to better cater for their needs during the low harvest winter season, stated the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun, yesterday, at Barthosow Hall in Nouvelle France. He was speaking at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security for the payment of the Winter Tea Allowance to tea growers. Several Ministers, Members of Parliament, and other personalities were present on the occasion.
An amount of approximately Rs 10 million was handed over to the Small Farmers Welfare Fund and the organisation effected payment of the Winter Tea Allowance to more than 1 000 tea growers.
In his address, the Agro-Industry Minister stated that the tea industry is experiencing a growth of 7% per annum and this figure is bound to increase in the forthcoming years. Since 2015, Government has been working towards the revival of the tea sector and today this sector comprises some 1 200 tea growers, 1 500 arpents under tea cultivation and an annual tea production of around 1 700 tons, representing an increase of 32% as compared to the 2016-2017 production.
He underlined that Government is also taking necessary additional measures to enhance the environment in order to attract more investors in the tea sector, which will help increase the dynamism in the sector for it to further flourish. He added that, as the local industry is being buoyed up by the increasing tea demand, Government is also working with the Food and Agriculture Organization for the branding of the Mauritian tea as a pesticide free product with unique health benefits.
Moreover, with regards to facilities offered to tea planters, Minister Seeruttun stated that they will also benefit from the concessionary road tax allowance on double cab pick-ups as is the case for other planters. They can also receive cuttings from a nursery in La Brasserie to be planted again after the harvest.
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