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Using Water Hyacinth as a Resource
Lake Nokoue in the south of Benin is infested with water hyacinth. The weeds disrupt fishing, the transportation of goods and people, and contribute to the spread of malaria.

A bio-refinery is turning invasive water hyacinth into organic fertilizers, animal feed, and a fiber that absorbs oils and hydrocarbons, making it an effective tool in the clean-up of industrial sites. The company is talking with a local cement producer to use the fiber used in oil spill recovery as fuel for its ovens.

This new business means the lake’s waters can be cleaned and a useful product recovered.


 
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