It is a pleasure for me to be present for the second wheat harvest ceremony at Le Val. Last year wheat was first cultivated on an experimental basis and this year the Rose Belle Sugar Estate has allocated some 12 acres of land for the growing of wheat. I thank the Rose Belle Sugar Estate for participating in this project. As children we used to hear that wheat is grown mostly in Europe, Australia and the States. Yet, today we have through science and innovation managed to cultivate wheat in Mauritius. Wheat and Rice are the most important staples that we import for consumption. Research is currently being carried out on the possibility of cultivation of staples in Mauritius. The establishment of rice farms in the south eastern part of the island (Cluny) has been a success with a yield of over 1000 tons. My Ministry together with the MRC has initiated a study to evaluate the potential of local wheat cultivation. This research is important because even if it will be extremely difficult for us to produce all our wheat requirements, it is essential that we can produce it even on a small scale. Our research knowledge will not only address the food security in the region, but can also be disseminated in the region with Mauritius taking a lead in this field. I would like to thank the staff of the Mauritius Research Council for their relentless effort in making this project successful. I hope that this fruitful collaboration among all these stakeholders continues and that next year we will be able to see more progress especially in some of the potential applications.
- 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