Seaweed contribution to Zanzibar economy increases

[Zanzibar] Seaweed is common name for countless species of marine plants and algae that grow in the ocean as well as in rivers, lakes and other water bodies.

The produce has become one of the highest commercial products for exports due to its mineral content in iodine, vitamins and calcium.

Zanzibar is the third producer of seaweed after the Philippines and Indonesia.

Zanzibar exports seaweed to Denmark, US, China, France and Belgium. Locally, there is a low demand for it in Dar es Salaam, Bukoba and Arusha.

Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster initiative secretary Rajab Ali Ameir told BusinessWeek during the 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair that seaweed was introduced in the Isles in 1986 from the Philippines.

“Two types of seaweed are grown. They are Eucheuma cotonni which has a high content of jelly and therefore expensive. The second type is spinosium whose jelly content is low and therefore less expensive,’ he said.

 

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