L'Express (Port Louis)

20 October 2012

Mauritius: Desperate Attempt to Save a Mauritian Endemic Plant

The Mauritian National Parks and Conservation Service of the ministry of Agro-Industry will soon make another attempt to reintroduce the endemic plant Cylindrocline lorencei at Plaine Champagne, in the Black River gorges.

It has already been declared extinct in Nature and owes its survival to French botanist Jean Yves Lesuoëf who collected some seeds of this plant in the 70 and grew  them in a botanical propagation laboratory in Brest.

This laboratory has sent some of the plants to Mauritius. A first attempt to re-introduce the plants in Plaine Champagne has failed. The Cylindrocline lorencei, which has no common name, did not survive at all.

A second attempt will be made soon in a location kept secret by the National Parks and Conservation Service.

Price cut expected for basmati rice

According to rice importers, particularly Funny Traders, the price of basmati rice is bound to fall at latest in December. The price of thes premium quality rice went up some one month ago. It is now know that Pakistan will have a bumper crop of the 1121 rice variety which was grown mostly in India

According to the director of Funny Traders, the law of demand and supply will bring Pakistani rice growers to cut their price and India will align itself on these lower prices.

Mauritian still hoarding small coins

Supermarkets still find it difficult to have coins of 5, 20, and 50 cents for their daily activities. Despite a communiqué issued some weeks ago by the Bank of Mauritius, Mauritians are still hoarding these coins.

This hoarding is due to the fact that Mauritians usually keep these coins at home and are shy to make payments with them. Paying with dozens of small coins has become shameful for it is considered as a sign that one is very short of money.

Some members of the public responded positively to the communiqué of the BOM, but this response seems not to have missed the target.

The BOM does however not intend to order the production of additional coins in these denomination, as it considered that there are enough to meet the demand of commerce and that Mauritians should stop hoarding these coins.

The production of these coins cost much more than their facial value.

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