Government increases focus on sea moss cultivation

Strides are being made to create a more sustainable sea moss sub-sector, as it continues to observe an increase in farmers, market penetration, and consumer demand.

The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, Ezechiel Joseph along with other ministry leaders convened a meeting recently with sea moss farmers from the community of Aupicon, Vieux Fort to discourse on the successes of the sea moss sub-sector to date, and to chart the way forward for the industry amidst the challenges of 2020.

In providing insights on the sector, praedial larceny continues to be flagged as the leading concern among Seamoss farmers. In his response to addressing this ongoing issue, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph highlighted the current legislation already in place for Praedial Larceny but placing even more emphasis on the importance of regulating seamoss cultivation and harvesting procedures to ensure the quality of the final seamoss product is not compromised.