GIS - October 11, 2012: The Government has reiterated its commitment to boost the agricultural sector in Mauritius by providing various schemes and plans for small planters, farmers and breeders to transform their activities into agri-businesses.
The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr Vasant Bunwaree, made this statement this morning at Ebène at the opening of a validation workshop on Labour Shortage Survey in the Agricultural sector in Mauritius, organised at the initiative of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC). The aim of the survey was to develop strategies and policies to reduce the mismatch between demand and supply of labour in the Agricultural sector.
In his address Dr Bunwaree gave an overview of the agricultural history of the country and stated that Government has urged all those concerned by this sector to adopt modern and innovative approaches by emphasising on diversification and value addition.
The HRDC conducted a Labour Shortage Survey for the Agricultural sector in Mauritius during the months of July to October 2011. The objectives were to assess the current situation of labour shortage at both the primary and secondary level of production; identify the immediate and future specific skills requirements for the sector; identify the profile of employees required by employers and make recommendations for policy makers to devise strategies to reduce the labour mismatch in the Agri-food industry.
Labour shortage in the Agricultural sector was analysed from two perspectives. The first one comprised analysis and responses obtained from 100 companies involved in primary production of food crop, fruit, flower, tea, sugarcane and animal farming. The second part involved analysis of responses from 46 companies involved in processing or value addition of the primary produce.
The validation workshop is an attempt to subject the Report on the Agricultural sector to rigorous and brainstorming dialogues and consultations with industry operators and other stakeholders concerned. The workshop will also facilitate smooth implementation of the recommendations.