I had a drying shed constructed in preparation for the harvest of the hyacinth in September/October during the peak season of the water hyacinth. The shed was built by a local tradesman named Bonky. We began construction on Friday afternoon and he completed building on Saturday. The shed is a basic yet functional structure made from wood and roofing sheets. It was interesting watching Bonky work using traditional methods of measuring distance and angles with string. He also didn’t use scaffolding which worried me a lot to begin with but he assured me he was fine and comfortable working from that height without any ‘safety net’ underneath. He sang beautiful songs and worked very quickly.
I will cement the floor at an angle to allow proper drainage from the drying hyacinth and rain fall. In addition, a wire mesh bed will be constructed on which the water hyacinth or lakwa as it is known locally, will be spread out to dry.