Production of sugar in Mauritius is projected to drop by almost 5000 tonnes this year, the government announced.
The country is expected to produce 350,000 tonnes of sugar in 2018, down from 355,213 tonnes in 2017, the Chamber of Agriculture said.
Despite two tropical cyclones at the start of the year and three months of rainfall, climatic conditions that prevail.
Terra Mauricia, the world’s largest producer of specialty sugars with annual output of about 88,000 tons, is seeking to further expand its footprint in Africa.
Mauritius’s two biggest producers of the sweetener, Alteo Ltd. and Omnicane Ltd., are also involved in sugar production in Africa.
“If we can get into one other country in the next five years, it will be great,” said Nicolas Maigrot, managing director of Mauritius-based Terra Mauricia Ltd.