Malaysia’s seaweed industry dips below the horizon
By Roger Rodrigo
Sabah which used to produce more than 600 tonnes of seaweed per month, the highest in Malaysia has virtually dropped out of sight.
According to a report in Daily Express not only has production levels dropped off but the number of seaweed farmers in Semporna, Lahad Datu and Tawau have declined. The pandemic is being blamed as the catalyst in falling prices but other factors have also played a part in the general decline of the industry.
Moss and stem root disease besides turtles and bad weather have had a detrimental impact on production levels. The lower prices have seen a shift in livelihood as farmers and their families move to fishing and other occupations.