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Interventions initiated in 2018 to breathe life into Saint Lucia’s sea moss industry have resulted in increased exports and major economic advantages for all involved in sea moss production.
Export Saint Lucia, the national trade export promotion agency of the Government of Saint Lucia continues to work assiduously with actors in the ocean moss value chain, including farmers and manufacturers, to expand Saint Lucian Sea Moss’s reach everywhere in the world.
This work included assistance with entry requirements for major markets just like the USA and creating opportunities to export sea moss to other destinations.
Noting the successes, and potential of the ocean moss industry, the Government of Saint Lucia allocated five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) to Export Saint Lucia for the continued development of the sector.
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“We all know that our producers require just a little assistance in going along the value-added chain. Subsequently, a part of the $500,000 will likely be used to assist producers move up the ladder. Export Saint Lucia can even work towards making various components of the industry as sustainable and world class as possible. This involves conducting an audit of sea moss facilities to offer relevant training and certification where crucial” notes Export Saint Lucia’s Chief Executive Officer, Sunita Daniel.
Export Saint Lucia intends to help in the event of value-added sea moss products including gels, powders, and drinks.
The Agency can even be certain that manufacturers of value-added products meet all relevant standards for the entry of their products into international markets.
Moreover, plans are underway to employ the services of a food technologist to seek the advice of and advise on natural and organic preservatives to increase the shelf-life of value-added products.
Saint Lucia Sea Moss is very regarded the world over. One success of the recently staged Expo 2020 Dubai is the shipment of sun-dried sea moss to distributors in Dubai. Export Saint Lucia
reports that future shipments are being planned. The Agency also reports that discussions are underway with five (5) distributors in Dubai who want to stock Saint Lucian products, including condiments, on shelves within the Middle Eastern country.
Brand Saint Lucia notes this as one in every of the various achievements of Expo 2020 Dubai. Saint Lucian Sun Dried Sea Moss was one in every of several products that completely sold out inside Saint Lucia’s pavilion.
Since then, all producers have received cheque payments from Export Saint Lucia for the items sold on the Expo. All unsold products are enroute to Saint Lucia and will likely be returned to their owners on the market locally, and in export markets.
Creatives too, including dancers, singers, and musicians have been paid for his or her services at performances in Dubai. Following the completion of Expo 2020 Dubai, a lot of these creatives have been booked for performances in external markets.
Invest Saint Lucia and the Citizenship by Investment Programme have reported ongoing discussions with luxury real estate firms, while the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority records increased interest in Saint Lucia from non-traditional countries. The Government of Saint Lucia has pledged support to make sure each promising lead is delivered.
The Agency is pleased with the prospects for stakeholders in each the ocean moss industry and people exposed to new markets and consumers during Expo 2020 Dubai.
SOURCE: Export Saint Lucia
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