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Promoting agricultural innovation in Mauritius

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Promoting agricultural innovation in Mauritius

Encouraging roselle cultivation

Mahen Seeruttun, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, visited a Roselle field in Montagne-Longue. He was accompanied by agricultural students to provide them with a better understanding of the plant and its various agricultural benefits.

In recent years, Roselle plantations have become more common in Mauritius. The Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI) initiated Roselle cultivation in 2009, starting with a demonstration plot at Rivière-des-Anguilles. Initially planted in Cascavelle, Roselle is now grown in all regions of Mauritius.

According to Mahen Seeruttun, Mauritius offers ideal conditions for various plantations. Roselle, in particular, has significant commercial and nutritional value, being rich in vitamins A and C. Seeruttun noted the plant’s versatility, as its fruits, leaves, stems, and flowers are all usable. He highlighted the growing market for Roselle products such as jams, jellies, and juices.

The Minister emphasized Roselle’s export potential in regional and international markets due to increased local production. He also pointed out the importance of Roselle cultivation for economic independence, given its rising demand and economic value.

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