The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation (MWF) has issued a communiqué yesterday, October 8, to request the government not to go forward with the project of killing bats.
The MWF looks forward to preserving the bat communities in the country. It has contested the figures given by the Minister of Agro-Industry, Mahen Seruttun, in Parliament on Tuesday. According to the organisation, bats are responsible for only 11 % of damage caused to fruit production, as opposed to was mentioned, that is, 73 % & 42 % for litchi and mango production respectively.
Furthermore, the MWF argues that the population of bats allegedly amounting to around 90,000 individuals has not been confirmed in a recent study.
It has, on the other hand, proposed to the government to extend the subsidies on the buying of protective nets for fruit trees. Such a measure is said to ensure fruit production is preserved. It has also asked planters to better manage their harvest.
MWF adds that other animals account for eating away fruits such as rats and birds. Furthermore, bats are essential for pollination, and, therefore, the dissemination of different plant species.
Also, a university study led by Malikah Wachill shows that the majority of Mauritians do not view bats as a nuisance.