Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily
Port Louis, Mauritius – Mauritius has decided to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of boosting its food production.
The southern African country is aiming at reducing its food imports through an intensive production of its own food.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the crucial need to boost local food production systems and strengthen food security so as to decrease reliance on imports.
Mauritius is bestowed with fertile soil and favourable climate conditions for agriculture and planters should avail themselves of governmental facilities and consider the cultivation of tropical plants such as avocado and breadfruit
The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered opportunities for us to strengthen food security and regain food sovereignty to help increase local food production to meet demand,” said Maneesh Gobin, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security.
The European Union has also pledged its support towards improving the agricultural welfare of Mauritius through funding and other initiatives that are geared towards boosting the country’s food security.