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