As a result of the country’s economic success and diversification,agriculture share of GDP and employment in Mauritius has declined in recent years. Through the sustainable Diversified Agri-food Strategy the government is focused on facilitating commercial production of food crops to ensure food security and quality, foreign exchange savings and sustainable development.
An emphasis of more productive and resource efficient modes of agricultural production will ensure successful implementation of this strategy.
National Level Implementation and Coordination
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection and Enterprise Mauritius will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the project. Major stakeholders, including the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, MID Commission, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection as well as Enterprise Mauritius, Joint Economic Council, are part of the coordinating committee. The private sector will also be requested to be part of the committee.
Structure of the Agricultural Sector:
The high-level policy in the Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 is clear in its objective of achieving 50% of agriculture switched to a more sustainable agriculture. The definition of organic/bio/sustainable agriculture has been the subject of debates both in the public and
private sector institutions. There is consensus that a phased approach is needed to switch to organic agriculture and a 3-level system has been proposed. The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture (MCA) is promoting ‗l‘Agriculture Raisonnée‘, while the Government has set up the MauriGAP Certification Scheme which is the Level 1 in the process to move to Good Agricultural Practices(GAP).
Download: Structure of the Agricultural Sector