Economic turnout of Socotra aloe plant [Archives:2004/705/Business & Economy]

January 22 2004

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
A modern scientific study conducted by a scientific team from the Spocotra Friends Society has affirmed that there are important curing and beautifying characteristics and economic return of the Socotra plant of aloe.
A scientist from the Irish Ulster University who has carried out the study along with head of Socotra society that the species of Socotra aloe now available in the island are four with variance in significance and type of juice they produce. The study also revealed the co-existence between all types of
Socotra aloe in the main areas of their habitat especially in the high rocky regions.
The study also concluded the existence of treatment benefits of the Socotra aloe as it has been proved that its juice and nectar are useful in treating skin diseases and bleeding of women.
The study made it clear that the aloe juice is gathered in bags made of goatskin once in two years and the productive quantity of a typical site reaches to 15 thousand kg as an annual average.
Secretary of the Socotra Friends Society has confirmed he need of knowing the genetic and chemical composition in order to know more about benefits of the plant in terms of curing aspect and in beautification, which is a task to be accomplished by members of the society at a later time.
The study also indicates that the Socotra aloe is an available economic resource in case it is used in a sustainable manner but also drew the attention that the plant is exposed to problems resulting from random and irregular irrigation and negative effects of crustacean and honey insects. The Society of Socotra Friends intends to devote this year's enlightenment program for conducting more studies on the environment in Yemen. It should be pointed out that the Socotra Friends Society was established in 2001 at a meeting held at the plants garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. Members of the society are consisting of Yemenis, British and some of European Union countries.