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Visit to Mauritius

Mauritius visit September 2013

Dr Zhang and Mr Akiri  with Mr Ram Prakash Nowbuth, Permanent Secretary, and Mr Punchoo, Chief Agricultural Officer Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security

Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director of Memberships and Mr Morris Akiri, Regional Director, CABI Africa visited Mauritius On 23-26 September 2013 to strengthen the relationship with a long standing member country of CABI, explore project and capacity building opportunities; and promote uptakes of some CABI membership benefits.

 

Hosted by CABI Liaison Officer for Mauritius, Mr V A Punchoo, Chief Agricultural Officer of Mauritius’ Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Dr Zhang and Mr Akiri visited several important Mauritian agencies and institutions, met with many senior officials and researchers, and gave presentations on CABI and its membership benefits.

 “Agriculture has changed from being a Mauritian industry to become part of a ‘small-island-development-state’ industry and is now part of a global industry. Aware that agriculture, the primary process in the food-chain, needs an effective processing component supported by effective marketing structures if it is to maintain returns, farmers, growers and fishers have come to terms with being part of a demand oriented market and are now sensitized to produce what the customers want rather than what they want to produce”, quoting from "An Overview of the state of Agriculture in Mauritius” by the MoAI&FS.

Trying to diversify crops, and outreach beyond the Island Nation, Mr Ram Prakash Nowbuth, the Permanent Secretary and other Mauritian counterparts have shown eagerness of working more closely with CABI. They expressed the need for assistance from CABI in such areas as microbial identification service and capacity building, biological control, and access to global information but also offered assistance to other developing member countries with CABI acting a bridge, particularly in sugar cane and food safety research.