Mauritius plans to almost triple its imports of raw sugar for refining and re-exporting, L’Express reported, citing Jean-Noel Humbert, chief executive officer of the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate.
The syndicate will import three shipments totaling 75,000 metric tons of raw sugar this year, compared with 26,000 tons in 2011, Humbert said, according to a transcript of an interview published today by the Port Louis-based newspaper.
The shipments will help to compensate for a local production deficit in the Indian Ocean island nation, Humbert said. Output of the sweetener is forecast to decline 5.8 percent from a year earlier to 410,000 tons in 2012 as unfavorable weather hampers cane growth, the country’s Chamber of Agriculture said yesterday.
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