Water Hyacinth- economic potential
Water hyacinth is considered a scourge on water bodies. Yet, we only have to look at our neighbours to see the economic potential of this weed.
In Bangladesh, water hyacinth fibre is dried and mixed with jute to create paper and pressed into fibre boards used for partitions.
Yarn made from the fibre is used to make furniture in Bangladesh and baskets in Philippines.
Water hyacinth is used for water purification as it is capable of absorbing heavy metals, organic compounds and pathogens from water.
In Srilanka, water hyacinth is mixed with organic municipal waste, ash and soil, composted and sold to local farmers.