The National Conservation Commission (NCC) has been educating the general public about the many uses of Sargassum seaweed, in an effort to change the negative connotations associated with the product.
“A lot of people are trying to shy away from the Sargassum seaweed because of the smell, but that’s basically because you are on the beach and there is moisture… the Sargassum seaweed is starting to decompose. With that decomposition comes a scent,” nursery supervisor Sean Phillips said.
Phillips told participants that the seaweed was a great asset to their farms and gardens as it could serve both as mulch, because of its water retention capabilities, and also as a pest control agent due to its high salt concentration.
He added that by adding the seaweed to the soil, farmers will “get a robust growth”.
“Our plan is to try to highlight it [the use of Sargassum seaweed] throughout the communities, so it would no longer be seen as a curse but it would be seen as a blessing as well,” Phillips said.
Special Projects Officer, Ricardo Marshall said they wanted to expose the public to the uses of the seaweed “so that they can get a lot of information and…take this new knowledge…and utilise it in their homes, gardens and around their premises”.
The practical demonstration was part of the week of activities held by the NCC to commemorate National Arbor Day, which is observed on September 22 in remembrance of Hurricane Janet which devastated Barbados in 1955. (KK)