Journalist NIkiwe Bikitsha visited the sugar museum, L'Aventure du Sucre, in Mauritius to understand how the sugar industry has translated into to the backbone of the Mauritian economy.
The industry which has existed for hundreds of years employees the bulk of the populations.
You can't talk about Mauritius without talking about sugar cane production as controversial as certain aspects of it may be.— Nikiwe Bikitsha, Journalist
Sugar production remains its biggest contributor to its GDP and mostly to its exports, 80% of those exports go to Europe and then 20% around the world and mainland Africa.— Nikiwe Bikitsha, Journalist
The cane itself has been used to provide electricity, as well as produce rum.
As of this ear what is known as the sugar protocol is now coming to an end in October this year, what this means is that Mauritius will be competing with other countries like Brazil and Thailand which are also major sugar producers, so what the government has been doing for the past four years is to focus on other aspects of the value chain like producing electrify from the by product of the sugar cane and also things like rum...— Nikiwe Bikitsha, Journalist
Click on the link below to listen to the full audio...