1. Sugar cane
At the end of June 2017, some 2,643 hectares under sugar cane for crop 2017 were harvested, yielding 197,192 tonnes of sugar cane and 16,454 tonnes of sugar. The corresponding figures for the same period of 2016 were 3,745 hectares, 313,894 tonnes of sugar cane and 27,100 tonnes of sugar respectively. The average extraction rate as at end of June 2017 was 8.34% compared to 8.63% as at end of June 2016.
The latest estimate of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture for the production of sugar for the 2017 crop is 350,000 tonnes, representing a decrease of 9.4% compared to 386,277 tonnes for 2016.
At the end of June 2017, area under tea plantation was 622 hectares same as the figure for the corresponding period of 2016. The production of green tea leaves went up by 2.6% from 4,171 tonnes in the first semester of 2016 to 4,279 tonnes in the first semester of 2017. This resulted in an increase in the production of manufactured tea by 4.4% from 781 tonnes to 815 tonnes.
3. Food Crops
A total area of 3,332 hectares under food crops was harvested during the first semester of 2017, representing a drop of 11.5% over the figure of 3,766 hectares for the first semester of 2016. The production decreased by 4.9% from 44,175 tonnes to 41,989 tonnes. The area under rice cultivation harvested decreased by 65.8% from 161 hectares in the first semester of 2016 to 55 hectares in the same period of 2017. The production of paddy rice went down by 55.7% from 352 tonnes to 156 tonnes during the same period.
During the first six months of 2017 beef production from live cattle was 1,173 tonnes, 13.0% higher than the production of 1,038 tonnes in the same period of 2016. Production of beef from the slaughter of imported cattle increased by 16.9% and that of local beef went down by 85.0%.
Production of goat meat and mutton remained the same and that of pork decreased by 2.0%.
The production of poultry was 23,500 tonnes in the first semester of 2017 compared to 23,000 tonnes in the corresponding period of 2016.
Fish production increased by 27.0% from 8,373 tonnes in the first six months of 2016 to 10,631 tonnes in the same period of 2017. Production of other catch (tuna, bank etc) rose by 31.3% and that of fresh coastal fish decreased by 7.0%.