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1. Sugar cane
At the end of June 2021, some 511 hectares under sugar cane for crop 2021 were harvested, yielding 38,081 tonnes of sugar cane and 4,401 tonnes of sugar. The corresponding figures for the same period of 2020 were 467 hectares, 37,104 tonnes of sugar cane and 5,082 tonnes of sugar respectively. The average extraction rate as at end of June 2021 was 7.80%, lower than the 8.68% as at end of June 2020.
The latest estimate of Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture for the production of sugar for the 2021 crop is 270,000 tonnes, representing a decrease of 0.3%, compared to 270,875 tonnes for 2020.
At the end of June 2021, area under tea plantation was 685 hectares, same as the figure for the corresponding period of 2020. The production of green tea leaves went up by 9.6% from 2,606 tonnes in the first semester of 2020 to 2,855 tonnes in the first semester of 2021. This resulted in an increase in the production of manufactured tea by 33.3% from 493 tonnes to 657 tonnes.
3. Food Crops
A total area of 3,182 hectares under food crops was harvested during the first semester of 2021, representing a rise of 6.7% over the figure of 2,981 hectares for the first semester of 2020. The production increased by 19.5% from 31,120 tonnes to 37,193 tonnes.
During the first six months of 2021, beef production from live cattle was 1,040 tonnes, 9.9% higher than the production of 946 tonnes in the same period of 2020. Production of beef from the slaughter of imported cattle increased by 10.6% and that of local beef went down from 12 tonnes to 7 tonnes.
Production of goat meat and mutton went up by 4.8% and that of pork increased by 9.3%.
The production of poultry was 22,500 tonnes in the first semester of 2021 same as the figure for the corresponding period of 2020.
Fish production increased by 20.6% from 12,650 tonnes in the first six months of 2020 to 15,250 tonnes in the same period of 2021. Production of other catch (tuna, bank etc) rose by 21.8% and that of fresh coastal fish decreased by 6.6%.
24 September 2021