PM announces various measures to improve conditions of small planters
According to the Prime Minister, the government is currently working on a project to allow small planters to gain up to 35% of shares in refineries and distilleries. (Image: www.ipsnews.net)
The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth has set the tone during the inauguration of a production unit of bio fertilizers in the premises of Mauritius Chemical and Fertilisers Industry (MCFI) yesterday, February 23, 2015, where he announced that the government will take various measures to improve the conditions of small planters.
According to the Prime Minister, the government is currently working on a project to allow small planters to gain up to 35% of shares in refineries and distilleries.
Furthermore, co-operatives will be called to participate in projects on photovoltaic energy and the creation of hydroponic villages.
He further added that the government would also help young people to get into the agro-industry.
Speaking to the small planters during the inauguration, Sir Anerood Jugnauth declared that he always had a lot of consideration for them.
He said that during his various mandates he had always worked to set up several measures to help the small planters.
He also added that the Sugar Investment Trust (SIT) has also been allowing the workers and small planters to be part of the shares distributions in companies, which produces electricity from bagasse.
Moreover, the Head of State also announced the end of Jin-Fei project, where the unused land will be allocated to small planters for agricultural purposes.
Finally, the Minister of the Business, Enterprise and the Cooperatives, Sunil Bholah present during the inauguration ceremony, said that Bio-Fertilizer Plant is a project of the Mauritius Cooperative Agricultural Federation (MCAF), which required an investment about Rs 9 million.
The objective is to encourage the small planters to use organic fertilizers. The MCAF groups 155 companies of cooperatives and this project aims at offering to the agricultural community a new range of organic fertilizers more environment-friendly.