May 19, 2017 / 12:59 PM / in 5 months

Mauritius 2017 sugar output seen down 7 percent -industry body

PORT LOUIS, May 19 (Reuters) - Mauritius sugar production is expected to fall 7 percent this year to 360,000 tonnes due to poor rainfall in late 2016 and early 2017, the Indian Ocean island’s Chamber of Agriculture said on Friday.

Sugar, a pillar of Mauritius’ economy, now contributes about 1.2 percent of Mauritius’ $10 billion gross domestic product.

“The rainfall deficit between October 2016 and January 2017 impacted on the growth of the sugarcane plant,” the chamber said in a statement.

Mauritius produced 386,277 tonnes of sugar in 2016.

Among the companies that process sugar are Omnicane and Alteo Ltd.

Once focused on sugar and textiles, Mauritius has diversified into tourism, offshore banking and business outsourcing to cement its reputation as one of Africa’s most stable and prosperous economies. (Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; writing by George Obulutsa; editing by Jason Neely)

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