PORT LOUIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Mauritius cut its 2017 sugar production forecast by 2.7 percent on Tuesday, blaming above average rainfall for a poor harvest.
The Chamber of Agriculture said it now expects sugar production of 350,000 tonnes this year, down from a previous forecast of 360,000 tonnes.
“Rainfall in the month of May was well above average representing 272 percent of the long-term average while the island received only 90 percent of the normal sunshine,” the Chamber said in a statement.
Mauritius produced 386,277 tonnes of sugar in 2016. Sugar contributes about 1 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $13 billion gross domestic product.
Sugar processors in Mauritius include Omnicane, Alteo Ltd and Terra Mauricia.
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; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Susan Fenton)