Britain's Minister of Overseas Development, Mrs. Judith Hart officially opened the sugar cane season in?
Britain's Minister of Overseas Development, Mrs. Judith Hart officially opened the sugar cane season in Port Luis, Mauritius on Monday (24 June). Mrs. Hart arrived on the island on Saturday for discussions with the Government. Her visit has coincided with the signing of a new aid agreement by Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and the Soviet Government.
Mrs. Hart opened the sugar cane harvesting season amid high hopes that last year's record harvest can be bettered. Last season 700-thousand tons were cut bringing in record foreign earnings. But this season also brings fears about the future of the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement, under which Mauritius receives a guaranteed market in Britain which covers more than half of her output. Mrs. Hart talked at length with Government officials about the future of the agreement and Britain's negotiations with the European Common Market.
Last year Britain ratified a loan of 10-million sterling (about 24 million dollars) to Mauritius. Since then the British Government has changed and Mrs. Hart was questioned closely about the loan during her discussions.