Mauritius | Agro & Food

February 18, 2013

Following Heavy Rains: Shortage of Vegetables on the Horizon this Week

Food crops in South, Central and East of the island were most affected by the heavy rain on Wednesday.

Among the most damaged vegetables: the love apple, carrot and plants such as shooting or voèmes margozes. Consequences gardeners expect shortages from this week.

"Nothing today (Editor's note: Sunday), there were more than 25 stalls closed at the Central Market. This is a disaster. " Isoop Soobadur, President Marktet Traders Association, does not hide his dismay. Heavy rains last Wednesday had a negative impact on many plantations. It is estimated that 35% of vegetable crops were completely damaged, the remainder having various damaged.

This will, of course, affect the prices of vegetables should take the elevator. Already, the consumer is asked to cough up: the pound of candy apple appears between Rs 80 and Rs 90; carrots sell for between Rs 30 and Rs 40 a kilo and half the lettuce between Rs 25 and Rs 30 the room.

But the actual availability of vegetables will be more affected. Several stalls will be very little traffic from this week, the president said in substance the Market Traders Association.

Vegetables that could logically be expected to fail are those who have been most affected by the heavy rain. Topping the list: the apple of love (even if it is actually a fruit). "The plantations were particularly affected," notes Kreepaloo Sunghoon, secretary of the Small Planters Association.

There are also some carrots plantations were downright "swept" by the downpour. Other victims of these storms: the 'margozes' the pipangailles, white beans, in short all the plants falling. There are also condiments like mint or 'Cotomili': even if their prices have not necessarily increased, they sell very sparingly.

If plantations across the island were severely affected, some regions have been more than others. The South and the North have been hit hard as well as the center. In the East and West, although damage has been noted, the damage was less.

In the center, it is mainly the region of La Marie who has experienced the most damage to the south are the regions of Souillac, Carreau Esnouf and Chemin Grenier. In the north, the region of Mon Choisy has experienced significant damage.

Yes imports but controlled

To overcome the lack of vegetables in the market, a quick fix would be to turn to imports. Isoop Soobadur is not against the idea. The representative of the MTA points out, however there is a need to control this practice does not benefit what he calls some "bigwigs".

According to him, if there are import, it should last about a month. Kreepaloo Sunghoon says also in favor of a "control" of imports, while making clear that such a measure should we avoid shortages.

 

 

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