About The Activity
The city is mad about sugar cane. So here you can explore the history of sugar cane in Mauritius. Sugar is indelibly associated with the history and development of Mauritius, making it what it is today in terms of its mixed heritage, its economy and of course, agriculture. From its introduction by the Dutch, to its cultivation by the French and the British, the sugarcane has turned the sugar industry in Mauritius into its first source of revenue for decades, if not centuries.
Sugar was a product of slavery under the French rule and when slavery was abolished in 1835 on the island, the British had recourse to indentured labourers from India. As the cultivation of sugarcane grew under both slaves and indentured labour, the number of mills increased and reached its peak in 1858 with 259 factories over the island. Today, through the process of consolidation and mechanization of labour and production, this number has fallen to 7 currently and is set to go down further to 5 in the following years to reduce costs.
The sugar industry blossomed in the past in part due to the Sugar Protocol which guaranteed preferential prices for Mauritius and due to the Sugar Action Plan, a government initiative to boost the sugar industry.