MAURITIUS – The Agricultural Marketing Board (AMB) of Mauritius has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mauritius Consumers’ Co-operative Federation Ltd (MCCF) to create greater synergy between the two organisations.

The MoU will enable AMB, a supplier of commodities to the retail outlets of the MCCF to supply its commodities at competitive prices.

The agreement was signed by the General Manager of the AMB, Mr Gowkaran Oree, and the President of the MCCF, Mr Daramraj Yerukunondu.

Following the signing of this MoU, the MCCF, with support from the Ministry, will open and operate four sale outlets, namely at Plaine Magnien, Terre Rouge, Flacq and Bambous.

In this way, consumers around the island will be able to have an easy access to fresh products offered by the AMB, namely potatoes, garlic and onions.

 These outlets will also enable other cooperatives to sell their products to the public. In the same vein, a superette will be inaugurated at La Flaura on 05 August 2020, highlighted the government press-release.

Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah stated that the initiative is aimed at boosting the agricultural sector and strengthening food production and security in the country.

Such initiatives, he emphasised, will help Mauritius to achieve food independence so as to avoid the difficulties faced by the country in terms of food supply during the lockdown following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, he said that the AMB will now be able to focus on its primary role of being a central agency while outlets of several cooperative societies can be used so as to ease the distribution of products to consumers.

He also underlined the need for all institutions and ministries to join efforts for the progress and benefit of the population.

Recently an MoU between the Mauritius Cooperative Agricultural Federation Ltd and the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority was signed for the acquisition of a harvester for the harvesting of sugar cane by small planters.

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