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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
ISSN: 0717-3458
Vol. 7, No. 2, 2004, pp. 104-114
Bioline Code: ej04012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Special Article
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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2004, pp. 104-114

 en ISSUES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY TEACHING - Biotechnology in Mauritius: current status and constraints
Puchooa, Daneshwar

Abstract

Agriculture today faces the challenge of sustainable productivity and improved food security on a shrinking area of land under cultivation. Until recently, biotechnology has been viewed as an expensive technology affordable only by rich industrial countries. However, it is now increasingly considered as an essential tool for developing countries to tackle the numerous problems of underdevelopment. Unfortunately, to date, Mauritius, like many other countries in Africa, lags far behind in development, use and commercialisation of biotechnology. This paper outlines the current status of biotechnology in Mauritius, some important constraints faced, as well as how policy makers are planning to make Mauritius "assume the role of a service provider and know-how disseminator in the field of biotechnology by acting as a regional hub and a regional nursery".

Keywords
biotechnology, Mauritius, Mauritius Agricultural Biotechnology Institute

 
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