Mauritian sugar exporters must focus on special & white refined sugars
The Report on the “Economic, Social and Environmental Impact on Mauritius of Abolition of Internal Quotas of Sugar in EU Market” highlighted that focus need to be on export of refined and white sugar, as the main recommendation for the Mauritian sugar industry.(Image:sourcemauritius.com)
The sale of special sugars and white refined sugar to the EU must remain the primary focus of Mauritian sugar exporters. This is one of the main recommendations of the Report on the “Economic, Social and Environmental Impact on Mauritius of Abolition of Internal Quotas of Sugar in EU Market”.
The report also highlighted that more focus must be placed on training schemes for workers in employment in order to increase their contribution to the overall performance of the enterprise.
Accordingly, new shares must accrue to active employees and planters in value-added entities and the expansion of the amount of sugar covered by the Fairtrade Initiative must be ensured from 22,000 tonnes to some 40,000 tonnes.
The Report further recommends the continuation of the regrouping and mechanisation schemes, the cessation of exports of molasses to privileging local value addition and the increase in the transfer price of bagasse.
Additionally there was also mention of institutional changes and amendments to legislations.
The setting up of a High Level Implementation Committee, under the Chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, to examine the Report and initiate appropriate actions is also recommended.
Finally, the Committee would also examine the optimisation of cane through its diversified use, including the production of renewable energy.
It is to be noted that the sugar industry in Mauritius is facing uncertainty with declining sugar prices admit fierce completion. Companies operating in the sugar cluster have shown poor financial results due to dipping performance for this sector, forcing companies to diversify away from the sugar sector to focus on more profitable areas such as energy.