Mauritius: In his closing address of ‘Les Assises de l’Agriculture’, at the Côte d’Or National Sports Complex yesterday, the Attorney General, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh Gobin, stated that in the light of the success of the first edition of ‘Les Assises de l’Agriculture’ and following requests from numerous stakeholders, a second edition is planned.
According to the Minister, ‘Les Assises’ was more than just an exhibition for agricultural entrepreneurs to sell their local products. He was of the view that the objectives of the event were three-fold: establishment and expansion of business-to-business contacts, an increase in the sale of local products, and linking up agripreneurs with relevant institutions so that innovative ideas could be exchanged, shared and developed.
Mr Gobin also commended those who had contributed to the success of the event, including participants in the exhibition. He saluted the works of the officers of the various departments falling under the purview of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, in particular the Engineering Section, which had set up numerous stalls to the satisfaction of all.
It is recalled that the first edition of Les Assises de l’Agriculture, kicked off on Thursday, 16 March 2023, under the theme ‘Pathways to a Sustainable Food System for a Healthier Tomorrow’.
The event, which was an initiative of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security in collaboration with the Economic Development Board, featured a five-day exhibition with 197 stands showcasing local agricultural products, equipment and machinery along with demonstrations of best and sustainable agricultural practices as well as production/value addition techniques.
Participants at the exhibition included, among others, agripreneurs, the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, the Agricultural Services, the Agricultural Marketing Board, financial institutions, service providers in the agricultural sector, agro-processors, cooperatives and the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited.
A two-day symposium was held, as well, on 16 and 17 March 2023. It enabled stakeholders to share their experiences, exchange views, and discuss various issues, proposals and actions pertaining to improving food security and reducing imports of food products.