Posted by: Renee | January 9, 2008


sugar cane

The sugarcane plant was introduced in Mauritius in 1639 by the Dutch colonizers to produce artisanal rum. The first sugar mill was set up at Villebague in 1745.  Subsequent colonial powers (France and then Great Britain) used the slave trade and the indentured labour system to expand and consolidate the industry.  At its peak, there were 259 sugar mills in 1838 in Mauritius..

sugarcane harvest

In June, at the beginning of the harvest, the fields of sweet grass, on this sugar island, are burnt back to facilitate harvesting.. 

sugar cane harvest The cutters work in two shifts round the clock from dawn till dusk. Harvesting sugar cane is hard graft and earns little more than a pittance..

sugar cane transportThe entire harvest must be brought in within a legally fixed period of 140 days, before being processed in the island’s refineries ..

sugar cane transport 

Seven out of the eleven existing sugar cane factories will be closed. The remaining ones will be transformed into flexi-factories with a production capacity of more than 100,000 tons of sugar per year… Read more about the EU assisting in revamp of sugar sane industry..


  1. are the sugar cane feilds in brittany, france?

    • Hi Cassie,
      the pictures of these sugarcane fields were taken in 2006 in mauritius.


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