What is Spirulina ?
Spirulina (Arthroscopic platen sis) is naturally occurring blue-green micro algae that grow and thrive in warm water alkaline lakes. It is a single-celled organism that turns sunlight into micro nutrients life energy. It is one of the early life forms originating more than 3.6 billion years ago, and its spiral shape is what gives it the common name of spirulina.
Spirulina has amazing properties and in many ways can be considered a Super Food. It contains the most remarkable concentration of nutrients known in any food, plant, grain, or herb. It’s composed of 60% highly digestible vegetable protein, has extremely high concentrations of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, iron and trace minerals, and the rare essential fatty acid GLA –Gamma Linoleic Acid (which people who have not been breast fed do not have).
Spirulina has a balanced spectrum of amino acids, cleansing chlorophyll, and the blue pigment, Phycocyanin.
All the essential vitamins and minerals a body requires can be provided by spirulina, these provide a variety of benefits for the human body, like nourishment, mental clarity, assisting in cancer recovery, depression help and many others. Several scientific studies show spirulina to have the ability to inhibit viral replication; in particular it was found that 5-10 mg/ml of spirulina will inhibit the HIV-1 virus otherwise known as the AIDS virus. Globalization has also streamlined the normal business of states whereby the public sector emerges as regulator and facilitator to fast track a business friendly environment, equal opportunities for all and social justice. The private sector is empowered as the growth engine.
Innovative financial concepts such as Public-Private Partnerships have become instrumental in the procurement of economic infrastructure and efficient logistics to connect local industries to international trade. With this in mind, we look at spirulina as a new business opportunity that is Recognized and has the potential for developing national and regional markets. A relatively small investment is required and the technical knowledge is fairly simple to obtain.
Spirulina also provides a basic business model that is similar in process to those techniques used by regular fish farming and so links well with the burgeoning interest in the aquaculture sub- sector regionally.
Farmers, Entrepreneurs and Investors are always interested to identify suitable opportunities for diversification and to provide support to pilot these opportunities in suitable areas to encourage their expansion and integration. We are always stand by to provide necessary aid and technical support. Spirulina is a less known, but potentially interesting opportunity for increased production in the region and has a high value and an established, growing market. The opportunity is particularly relevant to farmers and women from the perspective that it is an activity that can be performed with less capital intervention and can be established close to the home. This has very interesting potential with respect to the diversification of the agriculture sector and enhancement of regional trade and food security.