The 18th point of sale of the Agricultural Marketing Board (AMB) was inaugurated yesterday afternoon in the north of Mauritius, at Rivière du Rempart. The aim is to market quality products at reasonable costs and meet consumer demand in this region.
Present at the event, Attorney General and Minister of Agribusiness and Food Security Mr. Maneesh Gobin spoke about the government’s determination to bring about a paradigm shift by ensuring that AMB s address directly to consumers.
The Minister recalled that this 18th point of sale is being inaugurated in the North region given the fact that civil society had expressed the concern to dispose of the products marketed by the AMB. It is a symbol of the strong partnership that exists between civil society and the government, he stressed.
Mr. Gobin underlined the role of AMB which is to ensure that there is always an adequate stock of basic products in Mauritius and that these are sold at a controlled price. However, the minister lamented, certain embezzlements have been denounced where certain retailers take undue advantage of difficult situations such as cyclones or heavy rains to artificially raise the prices of controlled products that affect consumers.
Speaking of other ongoing projects, the Minister announced that a new AMB point of sale will soon be inaugurated in Goodlands and that a partnership project with cooperative societies will be set up. The project will market high quality products at a controlled price and revive cooperative societies across the country. He also said that a new regulation will be introduced where the wholesale price at AMB will be set at a certain price, and a second price will be offered at a calculated margin for retail, through cooperative societies or elsewhere.
According to the minister, the government aims to make all necessary facilities available to the public and the service of AMB will be improved in various aspects not only at the level of distribution and delivery.
For her part, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Ms. Kalpana Devi Koonjoo-Shah, welcomed the initiative which, according to her, will make a significant contribution to the inhabitants of Rivière du Rempart as well as to the great public to enjoy a variety of amenities and products. The government is committed to meeting the needs of all and meeting the expectations and concerns of the population in terms of the country’s food needs, she added.