Members of the Praslin Sea-Moss Farmers Association are celebrating their first shipment of sea moss to the United States.
The groundwork was laid by Export St. Lucia during a recent mission to the US where its discussion on healthy eating focused on the export of sun-dried sea moss.
President of the Praslin Sea Moss Farmers Association Bonaventure Jn. Baptiste says their main aim is to reduce poverty in the community of Praslin. 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.
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 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”.