The sugar cane industry crossed another milestone with the establishment of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority (MCIA), bringing under its ambit the operations and functions of the six Service Providing Institutions. This merger formed part of the reform process within the industry, as a consequence of Government’s policy to sustain the planting community subsequent to the 36 per cent drastic cut in the price of sugar. For the MCIA, the objective was to bring down cess not to exceed 4 per cent of the ex-Mauritius Sugar Syndicate price as from crop 2011.
The Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security took the initiative to provide for the establishment of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority with a view to render the sugar cane industry more effective and efficient. With the Proclamation of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority Act (No. 40 of 2011) on 19 March 2012, the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority was created as a body corporate to take over the powers and objects of the following six cess funded 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
The Mauritius Cane Industry Authority became the apex organisation of the sugar cane industry and the relevant Acts of the six cess funded institutions were repealed and the operations and activities of the institutions were vested with the MCIA.