Atwell speaks on the nutritional value of seaweed to fertilizer
He may be an octogenarian, but his active
creativity in the area of fertilisers and his planting
of the food he eats belie his advanced years. And
his consistency with the views of the Buy Bajan
theme are well grounded.
Cavendish Atwell, of Syndicate Lane, St
Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, has used the
seaweed that drifts ashore on many beaches
across Barbados to develop a fertilizer.
He told a team from Barbados TODAY that
he initially collected the seaweed, put it to dry
between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.,
and then took it to the Government Laboratory
to find out its nutritional value. Atwell pointed
out that he subsequently discovered through
the research of scientists at the Government
Laboratory that the seaweed was rich in such
chemicals as nitrogen, potassium and chloride.
He later started to package the product,
selling it to some supermarkets across Barbados;
but expressed disappointment that officials of the
National Conservation Commission and even a
former Minister of Agriculture had shown little
interest in the product.
”I tried to attract the attention of personnel
within the local agricultural sector, but they have
ignored me. Fortunately, some of the major
supermarkets have bought the garden mulch
from me and sold it to their customers.
“I do not buy peas or any other vegetable
on the local market. I grow them in plant pots
in my backyard and eat them,” Atwell said.
When a team from Barbados TODAY visited
his residence today, Atwell showed them that
overtime he has grown several food items in
small plastic containers in his backyard.