A ceremony to hand over vouchers for the supply of fertilisers to planters cultivating less than 100 ha of sugarcane was held on Friday 26 October 2018 at the Farmers Service Centre in Saint Pierre.
The event was organised by the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority. The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, and other personalities were present.
In his address, Minister Seeruttun underlined that the vouchers will provide eligible planters with some 250 kg of fertilisers 17-8-25 per acre as an advance for the upkeep of their ratoon crop.
Government, the Minister highlighted, is committed to assist the community of planters of the cane industry to face challenges such as climate change and fluctuations in sugar prices. Accordingly, a series of measures and schemes have been introduced namely: a cash compensation of Rs 1,250 per ton of sugar to all planters; an additional remuneration from bagasse of Rs 1,250 per ton of sugar thus bringing the revenue accruing from bagasse to Rs 2,500 for small planters and Rs 1,700 for other planters; and for planters with less than 100 hectares of cane cultivation, the advance of 80% would be extended on all the revenue received from sugar and co-products instead of the ex-MSS price on sugar only.
The Minister further spoke of the diversification of market destinations for sugar exports with a view to increasing the competitiveness of the industry. The aim is to promote the development of the cane sector by creating an enabling environment with research and development so as to meet current and future challenges, he added.
Supply of fertilisers to sugarcane planters for Crop 2019
Planters will have to sign an agreement authorising the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate or their Credit Cooperative Society to deduct the cost of fertilisers from their sugar proceeds for 2019.
Eligible planters are invited to apply for the fertiliser's scheme at the Farmer's Service Centre of their region by producing their National Identity Card; Sugar Insurance Fund Board Registration Card 2018; and, Weighbridge receipts (weight of cane milled in 2018).
Only the area harvested in 2018 will be considered and fertilisers will be supplied mainly through sales outlets at Farmer's Service Centres across Mauritius.