The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Protection, Dr Marie Christiane Dorine Chukowry, accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner in Mauritius, Mrs K. Nandini Singla, conducted, yesterday a site visit at the State Trade Corporation’s warehouse in Mer Rouge. The visit marked the symbolic handover of 1,325 metric tonnes of long grain white rice, received under a special derogation from the Government of India.
In a statement, Minister Chukowry revealed that Mauritius has already received the mentioned consignment, with an additional 795 metric tonnes expected in the Mauritian waters within the next 4 to 5 days. Despite recent floods and the need to cater to the local population, Mauritius stands among the top three countries to receive rice from India, she stated.
Minister Chukowry expressed gratitude for India’s full support during this challenging time. She announced that rice distribution has commenced in various supermarkets across the country since Monday, ensuring continuous equal distribution.
She assured the public that the situation is back to normal, with no shortage of long grain white rice.
She urged against panic buying, emphasising sufficient rice stock, and confirmed double distribution efforts across the country, as discussed with the General Manager of the STC. She also announced upcoming site visits to supermarkets later in the evening to assess the situation firsthand.
Moreover, the Minister expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, and Mrs Singla for their unwavering support.
For her part, Mrs Singla rejoiced that the ties between Mauritius and India are flourishing while pledging continued support. Despite India’s initial ban on rice exportation due to floods, the Indian Government waived the ban upon Mauritius’s request, she said. She added that the first consignment reached Mauritius within a month, and a contract for 14,000 metric tonnes of long grain white rice has been signed.