A group of local sea moss farmers made history last month by becoming the first to export sun-dried Sea moss from Saint Lucia to the UK, Export Saint Lucia (TEPA) has announced.
According to the organisation, the test shipment of sun-dried Sea Moss which was shipped to the buyer in the United Kingdom was a resounding success with ‘roars of approval chiming through’.
A TEPA release said that the buyer has already expressed interest in a second order of the product in the coming weeks as well and is considering imports of a wider variety of agricultural produce from the island.
It said in preparation for the shipment, exporter Kerwin Samuel from Total Health Foods Services said that this new market has given Sea Moss farmers a renewed sense of hope as they now have a bigger outlet for sale and distribution of their produce.
“We are so happy that at least we got a market in the UK for the first time, the sea moss farmers are very excited about the opportunity, hoping to produce much more sea moss now, better quality sea moss for the long run, so we look forward for this,” Samuel was quoted as saying.
According to TEPA, the Department of Fisheries a key partner in the process said it is delighted at the prospect.
Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer Thomas Nelson was quoted as saying that new and improved methods of Sea Moss farming will see farmers having greater and more consistent yields in time to come.
But in the meantime, Thomas insists that proper methods and practices should be maintained.
CEO of TEPA, Sunita Danie, said the shipment was the result of the organization realizing that there is need for diversification in Saint Lucia’s agricultural export product.