Showcasing Agricultural Innovations on World Food Day in Réduit
On October 16, the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security organized an exhibition as part of the World Food Day Celebration at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium in Réduit. Institutions such as the Small Farmers’ Welfare Fund, the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, Agricultural Services, Forestry Services, and the Agricultural Marketing Board participated in this event. The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Vikram Hurdoyal, and other dignitaries were present.
Tea growers rewarded and new vegetable varieties presented
On this occasion, tea growers rewarded and new vegetable are unveiled. New variety of potatoes and a new variety of chili peppers were launched. Cheques were also handed over to tea growers as part of the winter allowances program. At the headquarters of agricultural services in Réduit, they unveiled a plaque to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the founding of agricultural services.
Vikram Hurdoyal emphasized that to combat excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Also, he was promoting the use of organic farming and biofertilizers. He emphasized the need to address food security challenges through research and development. This includes using water efficiently, increasing production, and enhancing resilience.
Fostering Food Self-Sufficiency and Reducing Dependence on Imports
Highlighting various food security challenges, including excessive dependence on imports and food wastage, the minister emphasized the crucial importance of self-sufficiency and the promotion of domestic agriculture. He stated, “We produce only 30% of what we consume, spending approximately Rs 1.1 billion on imports; however, this must change if we want to survive in the face of global disasters that will certainly affect our food security.” On this note, the minister emphatically affirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to provide incentives and support to growers and farmers. Furthermore, this support aims to not only increase their production levels but also foster self-reliance.