Agricultural and fish production: January - June 2015
1. Sugar cane
At the end of June 2015, some 4,173 hectares under sugar cane for crop 2015 were harvested, yielding 352,026 tonnes of sugar cane and 28,780 tonnes of sugar. The corresponding figures for the same period of 2014 were 4,133 hectares, 319,391 tonnes of sugar cane and 28,583 tonnes of sugar respectively. The average extraction rate as at end of June 2015 was 8.18% compared to 8.95% as at end of June 2014.
The latest estimate of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture for the production of sugar for the 2015 crop is 410,000 tonnes, representing an increase of 2.5% compared to 400,173 tonnes for 2014.
At the end of June 2015, area under tea plantation was 574 hectares representing a decrease of 14.6% over the figure of 672 hectares during the same period of 2014. The production of green tea leaves went down by 22.4% from 4,498 tonnes in the first semester of 2014 to 3,492 tonnes in the first semester of 2015. This resulted in a decrease in the production of manufactured tea by 24.8% from 890 tonnes to 669 tonnes.
There was no production of tobacco during the first semester of 2015.
4. Food crops
A total of 3,307 hectares under food crops was harvested during the first semester of 2015, representing a drop of 11.5% over the figure of 3,737 hectares for the first semester of 2014. The production decreased by 26.2% from 41,948 tonnes to 30,944 tonnes. The area under rice cultivation harvested decreased by 39.0% from 403 hectares in the first semester of 2014 to 246 hectares in the first semester of 2015. The production of paddy rice went down by 48.4% from 1,146 tonnes to 591 tonnes during the same period.
During the first six months of 2015 beef production from live cattle was 1,014 tonnes, 4.3% higher than the production of 972 tonnes in the same period of 2014. Production of beef from the slaughter of imported cattle and that of local beef rose by 1.7% and 72.2% respectively.
Production of goat meat and mutton went down by 24.1%, and that of pork increased by 6.0%.
The production of poultry was 23,200 tonnes in the first semester of 2015 compared to 23,000 tonnes in the corresponding period of 2014.
Fish production increased by 6.4% from 6,805 tonnes in the first six months of 2014 to 7,239 tonnes for the same period of 2015. Production of other catch (tuna, bank etc) and that of fresh coastal fish rose by 6.7% and 3.8% respectively.