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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Previously, Mauritius produced only raw sugar from the cane plant. Now it produces value-added refined and special sugar, electricity from bagasse, ethanol and will soon produce bio-plastics.
According to Jugessur Guirdharry, a sugar cane farmer here, farmers are only paid for the amount of sugar produced from canes and nothing for the electricity which they sell to the national grid, or for the molasses and ethanol.
About 75 percent of the sugar produced in Mauritius is value-added refined and special sugar that is sold mainly in Italy, Spain, Greece, United Kingdom and Belgium while the rest is sold to a hundred clients in niche-markets in the United States and China. (END//2014)