Due to the heavy rainfall and lack of sunlight, the sugar harvest and sugar production could be less than 270,000 tonnes. The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture issued a press release on 27th of September 2021. It indicated that the amount of rainfall recorded in August was 172% of the annual rainfall ; which is above average. They also cited “This excessive rainfall and insufficient sunshine were unfavorable to the build up of sucrose. “During the past two years, 2019 and 2020, the production of sugar has decreased considerably. During a meeting of the Crop Estimates Coordinating Committee (CECC), the Chamber of Agriculture emphasized that the sugar productivity per hectare is 69.6 tonnes against 82.1 tonnes in the years 2019 and 2020. From the start of 2021 to September 2021, the sugar production was only 6.38 tonnes per hectare.
The members of the CECC will further look into the sugar harvest for the upcoming weeks. However, they commented that “It seems that sugar production is likely to be lower than that already announced at the start of the campaign. “On the report of Statistics Mauritius, the revenues from the exports of the year prior, 2020, was Rs 7.27 billion.