Mauritius Macadamia Nut project
As part of its strategy to further diversify the non-sugar sector the national budget 2017 / 2018 announced the introduction of Macadamia cultivation as an export oriented product. The Food and Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (FAREI) is working in collaboration with DALE Capital Group Ltd for the implementation of this project facilitated by the Board of Investment.
The project which is targeted to be developed over an extent of 100 acres of land will be conducted in different phases, namely i) Nursery stage; ii) Model Farming and Training; iii) Processing, production and distribution. Staff at FAREI will be trained about the new production techniques and technology used in the cultivation of Macademia which will be imparted to the planters involved in the project.
A team of experts are in Mauritius as from 28 August to 01 September 2017 with a view to assess the growth potential of Macadamia and the necessary support that needs to be provided in the implementation of the project.
In this regard a presentation was held on 29 August 2017 at the FAREI Wooton Training Centre to apprise the farming community about this project and climatic conditions favouring its growth as a sub-tropical plant.
During the presentation, it was highlighted that since Macadamia takes 5 years to reach a commercial production capacity, intercropping of agricultural crops may be undertaken and a range of alternative crops such as sunflower seeds, carrots, passion fruit, French beans and paprika were proposed for cultivation.
It was also highlighted that available land from abandoned sugar cane plantations could be used for Macadamia cultivation.