“Organic Agriculture Visibility”: Hurdoyal Advocates Measures for Greater Visibility The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security noted that in addition to the challenges, farmers “continue to use pesticides extensively.”
The Minister of Agro-Industry, Vikram Hurdoyal, is advocating for measures to promote the visibility of organic agriculture in Mauritius.
“With the aim of increasing the visibility of local organic agriculture and providing farmers with a platform to market their products. The Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security is considering the possibility of establishing dedicated areas for the sale of organic foods at local markets and the National Wholesale Market in Wooton,” announced Vikram Hurdoyal at the opening of a workshop in Ebene on Tuesday, September 26. He expressed concern about the slow development of the local organic agriculture sector.
Vikram Hurdoyal emphasized the need to address challenges such as certification, the lack of labor, and the requirement for significant resources and investments, among others. During this workshop on the theme “Enhancing Organic Farming through Value Chain Analysis,” the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security pointed out that, in addition to the challenges, farmers “continue to use pesticides extensively.” Such a situation, he lamented, “saturates agricultural lands and depletes soil fertility.”
Therefore, Minister Hurdoyal reiterated his determination to examine all the challenges faced by local farmers in implementing organic agriculture. He also encouraged young entrepreneurs to take advantage of the measures and support programs recommended by the government to enable them to start their agricultural activities.