MAURITIUS CANE INDUSTRY AUTHORITY
Moka Road, Réduit 80835
Telephone: (230) 454 1061 - Fax: (230) 464 5345
The sugar cane industry crossed another milestone with the establishment of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority (MCIA), bringing under its apex the following six ex-Service Providing Institutions, namely:
• Cane Planters and Millers Arbitration and Control Board
• Farmers Service Corporation
• Mauritius Sugar Authority
• Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute
• Mauritius Sugar Terminal Corporation
• Sugar Planters Mechanical Pool Corporation
To ensure a sustainable cane industry as an important pillar within the socio-economic framework of the country.
To promote the development of the cane sector and its clusters through systematic policy measures, creating an enabling environment with innovative and efficient services, research and development, technology transfer and value addition to meet current and future challenges.
The Mauritius Cane Industry Authority was established as a body corporate on 15 December 2011 with the enactment of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority Act (No. 40 of 2011). The Act came into force by Proclamation on 19 March 2012.
The objects of the Authority are to:
(a) monitor, oversee and coordinate all activities relating to, and ensure a fair, efficient and
effective administration and operation of the cane industry;
(b) promote and support the sustainable development, efficiency and viability of the cane industry;
(c) formulate and implement policies, strategies, plans, programmes and schemes in relation to the cane industry;
(d) promote and facilitate the sustainable development of the cane cluster in Mauritius and in the region;
(e) by means of research and investigation, ensure the technical progress and efficiency of the cane industry;
(f) monitor and co-ordinate the activities of the cane industry, including planting, milling, processing, transport, bulk handling and marketing;
(g) co-ordinate the activities of organisations concerned with the cane industry in the private and public sectors;
(h) overview the storage, sampling, bagging, packing, loading and unloading of sugar;
(i) maintain a pool of machinery for agricultural purposes;
(j) resolve disputes between planters, millers and middlemen;
(k) overview the registration of cane contracts;
(l) promote the development and use of co-products;
(m) facilitate the participation of employees and planters in the cane industry;
(n) ensure that necessary essential services are available to planters;
(o) promote the setting up of cane nurseries and the supply of cane setts to planters;
(p) facilitate the adoption of modern and efficient agricultural practices by planters.
The following additional objectives were conferred on the MCIA after amendments were brought to the SIE Act. The Sugar Industry Efficiency (Amendment) Act 2016 was proclaimed on 27 January 2017 and became operational on 1 January 2017.
(q) foster the use of biomass, including sugar cane, cane trash, high fibre cane, fuel canes, gramineae and
other related biomass, in the production of electricity and biofuels for transport ; and
(r ) foster competitiveness of all segments of production in the cane industry.
The Authority has such functions as are necessary to further its objectives most effectively and may, in particular:
(a) set up and manage such agricultural or other centres as the Minister may determine;
(b) hire the agricultural machinery of the Authority to such persons and on such terms and conditions as the Board may determine;
(c) provide technical advice, assistance and training to planters on cane cultivation, harvesting and transport of canes and post-harvest operations;
(d) manage agricultural land and, in particular, abandoned fields in Sugarcane Planters Regrouping Project (SPRP) or such other similar projects;
(e) enter into management contracts on behalf of planters;
(f) devise agricultural credit schemes in consultation with financing agencies;
(g) ensure that arrangements are made so that canes of small planters are harvested at their optimal sucrose content;
(h) assist cooperative societies in benefiting from the Fair Trade Initiative or such other similar projects;
(i) provide, operate and maintain facilities for the storage, sampling, bagging, packing, loading and unloading of sugar or such co-product or other commodity as the Minister may approve;
(j) set up a planters’ data bank;
(k) commission studies and consultancies in respect of any specific or general issue affecting the cane industry;
(l) review, on a regular basis, the economic and financial performance as well as the problems and prospects of the cane industry;
(m) periodically commission a revaluation of the fixed assets of the cane industry;
(n) commission long-term master plans for the viability and sustainability of the cane cluster, with due regard to the interests of all parties concerned;
(o) make recommendations to the Mauritius Revenue Authority regarding a rational and uniform system of granting capital allowances, including allowances in respect of equipment depreciation, in relation to the cane industry;
(p) as and when appropriate, examine the accounts of millers and planters and offer advice on the forms to be used in connection with the presentation of those accounts;
(q) collect contribution from the sale of sugar on the local market for the purposes of compensation under section 46 (2) (k) of the MCIA Act;
(r) advise the Minister on:
(i) the formulation and management of policies, strategies and schemes in relation to the cane industry;
(ii) the provision of adequate means of inland access or, after consultation with the Mauritius Ports Authority, sea access, to the sugar terminal;
(iii) the transport of sugar to and from the sugar terminal;
(iv) all measures necessary to ensure the viability of the cane industry;
By virtue of the SIE (Amendment) Act 2016, the following functions have been added:
(ra) manage, for the purpose of fostering the production of sugar cane and bagasse, the Sugar Cane Sustainability Fund set up under the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act;
(rb) keep and maintain, for the purpose of sugar reform under the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act, a land conversion right (LCR) register;
(rc) promote the production of energy from biomass generated by the sugar cane industry, develop and monitor the Renewable Sugar Cane Industry Based Biomass Framework specified in the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act;
(rd) determine, under the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act, the sale price of molasses to distillers producing ethanol for blending or export or potable alcohol for export;
(re) establish, under the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act, the Joint Molasses Allocation Committee for the allocation of molasses between distilleries;
(rf) promote the Sugar-Based Agro-Industry and to generate sugar through the use of local raw materials, develop and monitor the Sugar Based Agro-industry Framework referred to in the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act;
(rg) provide value addition from ethanol obtained from molasses or from other raw material obtained from sugar cane, develop and monitor the Ethanol and Molasses Framework referred to in the Sugar Industry Efficiency Act.
For the purposes of Section (i) regarding the functions of MCIA, the facilities to be provided by the Authority shall include:
(a) loading and unloading quays;
(b) buildings, sheds and other structures; and
(c) plant, machinery and equipment.
In the context of the rationalization of the service providing institutions to improve cost effectiveness, quality services and optimal use of human resources, Cabinet, at its meeting on 22nd August 2014, had agreed to the transfer of the operations of the Bagged Sugar Storage and Distribution Co. Ltd. to the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority. The employees of the Company, who are on a permanent and pensionable establishment were redeployed to the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority.
The Bagged Sugar Storage and Distribution Co. Ltd. has been removed from the Register of Companies, under Section 309(1)(d) of the Companies Act 2001, on 31st December 2014.
All assets and liabilities have been transferred to the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority with effect from 1st January 2015.
THE MAURITIUS CANE INDUSTRY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Authority is administered by the Mauritius Cane Industry Board of Directors which is composed of an Ag. Chairperson, Mrs Shakuntala Devi Gujadhur-Nowbuth (Ag. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security) and six members.
(a) Research and Development Committee
The Research and Development Committee advises the MSIRI on research programmes and on all technical
matters relating to the functions of the MSIRI. The Committee is composed of a Chairperson,
Prof(Dr) Louis Jean Claude Autrey, CSK, and seven members.
(b) Control and Arbitration Committee
The Control and Arbitration Committee:
(i) arbitrates disputes between planters, millers and middlemen;
(ii) controls the milling of canes and the manufacture of sugar;
(iii) determines the quantity of sugar and co-products accruing to planters and millers; and
(iv) performs the functions assigned to it.
The Committee is composed of a Chairperson, Mr Dhiren Dabee, GOSK, Solicitor General, and six members.
(c) MCIA Advisory Council
As per the new Section 10A of the Sugar Industry Efficiency (Amendment) Act 2016, the MCIA Advisory Council has been established to assist the Board of Directors in the discharge of its functions. The Council represents a discussion platform/forum/think tank whose mandate is to promote and safeguard the interest of all the stakeholders/players by addressing specific issues and challenges facing the sugar industry through the adoption of a holistic approach.
Taking into consideration the composition of the Council whose membership consists of representatives having a wide array of expertise, the role of the Council is to address a multitude of areas affecting the sugar industry. It comes up with proposals or recommendations that are submitted to the Board of Directors of the MCIA for consideration and actions deemed appropriate. This would to a very large extent facilitate the task of the Board in the formulation and elaboration of policy measures/strategies the implementation of which could alleviate the difficulties of the planting community.
The Advisory Council is composed of a Chairperson, Mr Marie Joseph Jacques Gérard Chasteau De Balyon and 19 members.
|SENIOR OFFICIALS OF MCIA |
||Mrs Shakuntala Devi Gujadhur-Nowbuth|
||Chief Executive Officer
||Mr Jugdis Bundhoo|
||Director, Farmers Service Agency
||Mr Raj Kamal Soniah|
||Director, Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute
||Dr A Salem Saumtally|
||Director, Agricultural Mechanisation Unit
||Mr Fong Yan Ip-Yam|
||Director, Sugar Storage and Handling Unit
||Mr Satish Purmessur|
||Ag. Director, Control and Arbitration Department
||Mr Devendranath Busgeeth|
||General Manager, Sugar Storage Handling Unit (Bagged Sugar)
||Mr N. Sharma Ramchurn|
||Ag. Assistant Director, Extension and Training Unit
||Mr Sachim Duth Deena|
||Manager, Human Resource
||Mr Sunil Santbakshsingh|
||Manager, Policy and Planning
||Mr Leckraj Jhurry|
||Ag. Administrative Manager
||Mr Mohammad Hassen Khoodoruth|