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Water Hyacinth Research in Yaba College of Technology, Lagos Nigeria

The Water Hyacinth project in Yaba Tech was initiated by the Coordinator, YabaTech UNEVOC center, Dr (Mrs.) Funmilayo Doherty in 2012. She is mentoring students through her Water Hyacinth project, to turn the invasive plant into a money maker, training them on how to make different eco friendly hand craft, biogas and animal feed from the plant. She teaches students on how to harvest the plant, dry it and weave into products that can be sold by the students. Research is still ongoing in Yaba Tech on the bioremediation ability of the plant, construction of a drying machine among others.

Water hyacinth has been labeled as the world’s worst water weed and has garnered increasing international attention as an invasive species (Zhang et al. 2010). Water hyacinth can cause extensive environmental, social and economic problems. It is found in lakes, estuaries, wetlands, marshes, ponds, slow flowing rivers, streams, and waterways in the lower latitudes where growth is stimulated by the inflow of nutrient rich water from urban and agricultural runoff, deforestation, products of industrial waste and insufficient wastewater treatment (Villamagna and Murphy 2010, Ndimele et al. 2011).

In Nigeria almost all river bodies have been dominated by water hyacinth. The plant can be found in several coastal communities in Lagos State such as Ikorodu, Epe, Ojo, Owode Onirin, Oworonsoki, Lagos Lagoon, Ebute Metta, among others. The weeds often serve as hideouts to dangerous reptiles, especially snakes and crocodiles. The presence of the weeds in the Lagos Lagoon had created a lot of problems for the smooth navigation of boats and other water crafts. The plant has been used successfully in the Asian countries such as Philipines. Indeed, it has led to the emergence of cottage industries which use the plant to produce sundry items in these countries. It is high time the government partner with researchers on the benefits of this plant and also look into its economic benefits and tap into it.

The centre is looking to partner with organizations or other UNEVOC centres on the Water Hyacinth project.

This is the gallery of the Water Hyacinth Project.

Stage 1 - On the Field

Water Hyacinth Farm A Water Hyacinth Plant Students at work on the field

 on the field on the field on the field

Stage 2 - Drying the harvested plant

 Plants being dryed The plant getting more dried the dried plant

Stage 3 - Making the product

 designing a product from dried plant designing products from dried plant designing products from dried plant

Stage 4 - The Final Product!

 finishing the product finishing the product finished product



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