Notes on the Geography of Mauritius: Mauritius 2: World of Sugar: Photo 6
No smallholding this. For a long time, irrigation was considered uneconomical here, but times change, and because of irrigation and other innovations yields are up a lot from what they were. You want numbers? I have numbers. Mauritius had about 185,000 acres of cane in 1914; today it has about 180,000. Sugar production then was 226,000 tons; today it's 600,000. Pretty impressive. It's chickenfeed compared to Brazil, which produces about 36 million tons of sugar annually, but Brazil's big, and Mauritius is a shrimp.
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