I thank Compagnie Sucrière de St Antoine for participating in the experimental project of wheat plantation together with the Mauritius Research Council. This is the first time that wheat has been produced in this region of the island. This is an example of how research can contribute to the national development. In fact, my ministry has the mandate for research and I believe that we should move out of the conventional practices to new areas which will lead to innovation. Research is not limited to the field of science. It caters for other areas such as arts, history and any field which allows us to be creative. In this context, the Mauritius Research Council has to move out to the people, to industry, farmers, students and identify the areas of research that would bring added value. This wheat cultivation project is an example of how researchers, private sector, scientists and managers can join their efforts to implement projects. With the world facing more and challenges each day, we need researchers to find new solutions to tackle them. I express my deep appreciation to all those who have contributed directly or indirectly to this experimental wheat cultivation project, also thanks to all the staff of MRC for their efforts in this project. Through this experimental research, we are contributing to the “Wheat for All” campaign.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology