I was very pleased to read an article in your paper entitled Sea Moss Industry Progressing Steadily by Kingsley Emmanuel.
This article caused me to reflect on my air layering initiative (hobby) on a Ficus tree next to my residence when I lived in Ciceron. I used sea moss and discarded banana plastic bags to air layer young Ficus branches and sold the rooted branches in pots to Super Center.
The sea moss was first spread on wire gauze and washed free of sea salt before the air layering process. As the then Director of R&D of WINBAN, I took advantage of our chemistry laboratory and had the washed sea moss analyzed for plant nutrients. We found the sea moss to be rich in plant nutrients which accounted for the rooting of the young Ficus branches.
I further used the washed sea moss as a fertilizer in my back yard vegetable garden for home use.
I am therefore very pleased that St Lucia, through local initiatives has advanced in the use of sea moss washed on our shores – an example of the use of natural resources – from disaster to a useful enterprise.
The uses of this resource are many, and I am confident that our developers and entrepreneurs will continue to convert this hazard into a productive sector for the economic benefit of our country.
Dr. Edsel Edmunds
Former WINBAN Director of R&D
Former Senior Research Fellow
UWI St Augustine Campus