Praslin Sea Moss Association Makes First Shipment To U.S

Press Release:– Emanating from Export Saint Lucia’s recent mission to the United States, it was observed that growing consumer trends around healthy eating has presented an opportunity for dried sea moss from Saint Lucia.

This product is in high demand especially with the increased vegan community. Through the guidance of Export Saint Lucia, the Praslin Sea moss Association has capitalized on the opportunity and on the weekend shipped their first export to the USA.

Having been put in contact with a buyer from the U.S. the over 140 farmers belonging to the association have worked expeditiously to facilitate a test shipment of sun-dried Sea-Moss.

Export Saint Lucia CEO, Sunita Daniel expressed her delight with this new venture. Daniel says that “The US market is a traditionally difficult market to access and when you get one foot in the door you dare not let the opportunity pass. The health-conscious eater is not just looking for what is healthy but also what is trendy. Factors such as “the story” of the farmer, the practices employed and most certainly the island of origin all feature high on the list on a discerning shopper”.

Sunita Daniel

President of the Praslin Sea-Moss Farmers Association Bonaventure Jn. Baptiste says the main aim of the Association is to reduce poverty in the community of Praslin, and he anticipates that with this potential new market for the export of sun-dried Sea Moss it would go a long way in helping the Association realize its goal.

Bonaventure Jn. Baptiste

“With this possibility that we now have with sea moss, people will now be able to find an alternative to banana production. Now there are now more than a hundred people who are members of the Praslin Sea Moss Farmers Association or have registered interest in Sea Moss processing. With the success of this venture every family will be touched in one way or another.”

He added that with the challenges facing the banana sub-sector, sea moss cultivation could be a viable and lucrative alternative with which farmers could diversify.

Sea moss Farmer and Employee of the Praslin Sea-Moss Farmers Association Andrina Stanislas says she is eager to see the impact of this first shipment and anticipates an upsurge in Sea Moss farming as well as the job creation aspect that comes with this rise.

Andrina Stanislas

Stanislas insists “I would like to encourage other persons youth in particular to get involved in sea moss planting because right now the demand is great, and we need as many farmers as we could possibly find in order to supply this huge demand.”

The Association has thanked Export Saint Lucia for facilitating this first shipment and anticipates greater things coming out of this test shipment and the relationship with Export Saint Lucia.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome! Way to think outside the box. Lucians have known the health benefits of sea moss for many years, now they can be showcased to the world. What a wonderful way to empower a community. Soufriere should be next

    • Soufriere should be next for what? Seamoss or for the community to be empowered? I have all reasons to believe it is for the seamoss because if the community of Soufriere is not empowered today, it will never be empowered.

      • No, I mean leaders in Soufriere should learn from this initiative and develop a community based business model that could take advantage of the many natural resources at their disposal.

  2. ABSOLUTELY Fantastic – probably the best news piece for the week so far.

    These are the types news articles which should be making HEADLINES we should be shouting from the rafters about this achievement.

    Roll on cannabis mass cultivation – agriculture CAN take over tourism if only our immature, amateur sitting government place the same resources into it. Rather than trying, no, increasing the wealth of their friends, family, foreigners and themselves.

    Barvo to you all.

    • Agriculture drove the economy in the 80s. Compton et al essentially begged farmers to diversify away from bununas (is that how it is pronounced eezeekale?) as preferential treatment would end. Farmers didn’t listen and they thought green gold would last forever. We saw how that worked. Then Kenny started pushing tourism. Went well for a while, then financial crisis. See how that worked out. Agriculture provided more benefits for the country and the money stayed here. Tourism while having it’s benefits should not be the driver of the economy as it is subject to too many factors beyond our control. People always need to eat. People don’t always need to travel.

  3. So much Fruits falling to the ground .Nothing being done about it my the Ministry Responsible.Construct a Factory and Ship overseas

  4. Good job.. good job… and BRAVO… to the man who is really behind this…whose name i didnt see…. whose picture wasnt put up….. but anyhow….. you know yourself….

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