1. Sugar cane
At the end of June 2016, some 3,745 hectares under sugar cane for crop 2016 were harvested, yielding 313,894 tonnes of sugar cane and 27,100 tonnes of sugar. The corresponding figures for the same period of 2015 were 4,173 hectares, 352,026 tonnes of sugar cane and 28,780 tonnes of sugar respectively. The average extraction rate as at end of June 2016 was 8.63% compared to 8.18% as at end of June 2015.
The latest estimate of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture for the production of sugar for the 2016 crop is 400,000 tonnes, representing an increase of 9.3% compared to 366,070 tonnes for 2015.
At the end of June 2016, area under tea plantation was 650 hectares representing an increase of 13.2% over the figure of 574 hectares during the same period of 2015. The production of green tea leaves went up by 27.8% from 3,492 tonnes in the first semester of 2015 to 4,463 tonnes in the first semester of 2016. This resulted in an increase in the production of manufactured tea by 16.7% from 669 tonnes to 781 tonnes.
3. Food crops
A total area of 3,766 hectares under food crops was harvested in the first semester of 2016 and the production was estimated at 44,175 tonnes. This includes greens, information on which is available as from 2016. The area and production of food crops excluding greens were 3,627 hectares and 42,860 tonnes respectively. The area under rice cultivation harvested decreased by 34.6% from 246 hectares in the first semester of 2015 to 161 hectares in the first semester of 2016. The production of paddy rice went down by 40.4% from 591 tonnes to 352 tonnes during the same period.
During the first six months of 2016 beef production from live cattle was 1,038 tonnes, 2.4% higher than the production of 1,014 tonnes in the same period of 2015. Production of beef from the slaughter of imported cattle increased by 4.8% and that of local beef decreased by 35.5%.
Production of goat meat and mutton went up by 18.2%, and that of pork increased by 10.1%.
The production of poultry was 23,000 tonnes in the first semester of 2016 compared to 23,200 tonnes in the corresponding period of 2015.
Fish production increased by 10.8% from 7,697 tonnes in the first six months of 2015 to 8,527 tonnes for the same period of 2016. Production of other catch (tuna, bank etc) and that of fresh coastal fish rose by 12.1% and 0.5% respectively.