In 1910, Messrs Emile Sauzier, Eugène de Rosnay, A James Wilson, Edouard Rouillard, Oscar Pitot, Robert Pitot and George Antelme created CSBO, now named AGRÏA. Today, the descendants of the founders of CSBO are still significant shareholders of the company, the majority being owned since 1971 by South West Tourism Development, a subsidiary of the Rogers Group.
Incorporated on the 22nd June 1910, the company was engaged in the cultivation and transformation of sugar cane.
In line with the reform of the Mauritian sugar industry, the company closed down its sugar factory in 1999. During the following decade, CSBO (now named AGRÏA) has implemented two Voluntary Retirement Schemes and reduced significantly its number of workers. Since the closure of its factory, AGRÏA invested in neighbouring mills.
A complete reengineering of the Bel Ombre region was subsequently initiated. With a new vision of transforming the zone into a quality hospitality and leisure zone, a master plan was implemented to set up exclusive leisure and property developments whilst pursuing agricultural diversification.
Two luxury hotels and a championship golf course in the unique surroundings of the historic monument, ”Le Château de Bel Ombre” were inaugurated in 2004. Frédérica Nature Reserve enriched its offer and the Domaine de Bel Ombre developed further with the opening of three additional beach hotels and the construction of the luxury villa resort, Heritage Villas Valriche. Traditional hunting activities were enriched to appeal to both local and international clients.
In 2010, AGRÏA undertook the renovation of the old sugar factory into a commercial and events complex, Place du Moulin.
Les Villas de Bel Ombre was incorporated to implement the development of Villas Valriche, an exclusive residential resort. Developed on 106 hectares of land formerly owned by CSBO, Villas Valriche forms part of a broader plan to shape the Bel Ombre region into a high profile residential and tourist destination.
Saint Marie Crushing Plant has been operating since 1990 and manufactures building materials for the construction industry. The company is a subsidiary of the UBP Group.
With its two leading brands, Veranda and Heritage resorts, VLH is a driving force of the Mauritian hotel industry. It forms part of the Rogers Group and set up 2 hotels in the Bel Ombre region in 2006.
Heritage Resorts has worked with children supported by the NGO, Caritas in the South: 154 kids received value education sessions combined with an introduction to golf or foot-golf. Outings to Casela and Curious Corner of Chamarel were organised and support was given to a dance academy. Clothes and bed/bath linen were also donated before and after a flooding event in Bel Ombre.
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Objective of the project: decreasing non-communicable diseases as diabetes, hypertension, stress in the region.