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Who brought sugarcane to Mauritius?

Who brought sugarcane to Mauritius?

the Dutch
Sugarcane was the first cash crop introduced in Mauritius by the Dutch, who initially used it to make an alcoholic beverage called “arrack.” It was under French colonization from 1737 to 1745 that the sugar industry took off, with the import of new technology to build new mills.

How many sugar mills are there in Mauritius today?

11 sugar factories
There are more than 11 sugar factories presently operating in Mauritius having crushing capacities ranging from 75 to 310 tons cane per hour.

Who established the first sugar estate in Mauritius?

Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar
Sugarcane cultivation profoundly shaped the island’s future. The first sugar mill was set up at Villebague in 1745. It was Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar, the 1st Governor of Mauritius who introduced positive measures regarding the agricultural sector, particularly the sugar industry.

How is sugar made in Mauritius?

”Made In Mauritius” Sugar cane is either manually or mechanically harvested, and loaded on lorries by hand or mechanical grab loaders. On arrival at the mills, sugar cane stalks are mechanically unloaded for subsequent milling.

Where was sugarcane first planted in Mauritius?

The growing of sugar cane has been the dominant industry of Mauritius for most of its inhabited period, until recent decades. The island was uninhabited when first settled with a small base by the Portuguese in 1507.

Where does Mauritius Export sugar?

Sugarcane is presently cultivated on 72 000 hectares, representing 85% of the arable land in Mauritius. On average, 600 000 tonnes sugar is produced annually with most (530 000 tonnes) of the sugar being exported to the European Union.

Which Dutch governor introduced sugar cane in Mauritius?

Sugar cane was introduced to Mauritius by the Dutch settlers as far back as 1639, but it was the French Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais who opened the first sugar estate in 1743.