Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre
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Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
Moringa to support Kenyan farmers health & wealth
DNRC farmer bringing moringa seeds to DNRC
DNRC farmer bringing moringa seeds to DNRC

INTRODUCTION

Greetings from DNRC family and her farmers. We hope you and yours are all well. We are delighted to share with you this progress report as we say thank again you for your kind continuous support. With Covid challenges subsiding in the country, DNRC staff continued to normalize our programs as we work with 800 farmers and 12 schools. Due to Covid pandemic, the demand for moringa products continued to increase as the need for more nutrition increased. During this reporting quarter; our sales of moringa power to local market increased to about 30kg of moringa powder per month. Our international market for our moringa seeds which is about 1000kg every other 3 months also normalized. Both increase in moringa powder and moringa seeds made more sales from our farmers who aggregate both moringa leaves and seeds and sale for income. This diversity in livelihoods is ensuring resilience of our smallholder farmers we serve in the drylands of Kenya. During this reporting period, we concentrated our activities mainly in propagating more moringa seedlings which were issued during this March-April rains. We also trained and did close follows of our farmers on Moringa tree management. DNRC training and outreach staff were also busy aggregating moringa seeds for our international order. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter

MORINGA POWDER PROCESSING

During this reporting quarter, we sourced moringa leaves from the farmers, dried them under shade and hand processed them using motor and kiln. We processed about 30 kg of moringa leave powder during the quarter. DNRC continued to sell the processed moringa leave powder for income for both farmers and DNRC sustainability.

MORINGA SEEDS SOURCING

This is a continuous activity as we source moringa seeds from our farmers and surrounding community for our international market as mentioned earlier. During this reporting period, we had a running order and we managed to source 1000kg for the external market. This is very important market for our moringa market which was God sent as now our farmers and DNRC can generate income for resilience and livelihood diversification from regenerative enterprise.

FOLLOW UPS AND TRAININGS

During this reporting quarter, we resumed our group trainings as covid health protocols were eased. We were able to visit and train our 15 farmers groups and trained them on moringa management. Also our staff followed up some farmers to their individual farms and advised accordingly.

CHALLENGES

  • Limited market for our moringa products
  • Reduced funding resources to increase the number of farmers we are serving

 

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue drying more moringa leaves and processing to the powder
  • Continue sourcing more moringa seeds for the new order
  • Farmer follow ups and trainings

 

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loading moringa seeds to be taken for oil pressing
loading moringa seeds to be taken for oil pressing

INTRODUCTION

Christmas greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We are happy to share with us our quarterly report for Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth. Despite Covid -19 challenges, we have remained focused on our goals of environmental regeneration, economic development as well as community regeneration. Every day we continue to get closer to these goals. The trees we have been planting since 2007 continue to increase in size thus increasing the microclimate climate in our community thus regenerating the environment. Our community continue with their activities such as trainings, planting together in solidarity as well as participating in farmers Bi-annual events. These activities are building the community oneness. In our tree nursery, Moringa is amongst the diverse trees we have been planting since inception of the project and now it has become a source of income for both DNRC and the farmers which is a key pillar to our economic development goal.

During this reporting quarter, we have been sourcing about 2500kgs of moringa seeds for our continuing international moringa seed order. After sourcing DNRC staff were involved in drying and defethering the moringa seeds then delivering for oil pressing. DNRC team also continued to propagate more moringa seedlings, managing and maintaining them then in the nursery and issuing the seedlings during the rainy season. Below is more detailed activities during this reporting quarter.

SOURCING OF MORINGA SEEDS FROM SMALLHOLDER FARMERS

During this reporting quarter, our staff were busy sourcing about 2500kg of moringa seeds. After sourcing, the farmers were paid their kgs of moringa seeds which was defeathered by our staff and delivered for oil pressing at Athi River.

PROPAGATING MORE MORINGA SEEDLINGS

As moringa products market continue to grow, we encourage farmers to plant more moringa trees so they can meet the growing market for both seeds and leaves. So we propagated 3020 moringa seedlings which were issued to our farmers during this October-December rains.

ISSUANCE OF THE MORINGA SEEDLINGS

During this reporting quarter, moringa seedlings was issued together with the other seedlings. The rains were late this year and the seedlings had to stay in the nursery till rains onset which was early December compared to early November in the other years. Over 2800 moringa seedlings were issued to the farmers during this rain season.

 CHALLENGES

Water continue to be our main challenge as we rely on season river which in most cases dries up and we have to scoop the sand to get water.

 FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER  

  • Do farmer follows ups for the planted moringa seedlings.
  • Propagated moringa seedlings for March – April rain season gapping.
DNRC farmers being issued with Moringa seedlings
DNRC farmers being issued with Moringa seedlings

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INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). Despite the overwhelming hard economic times posed by the world pandemic Covid- 19, At DNRC we were resilience and kept our projects on going thus we are able to share with you our progress report. DNRC continue to work with the 800 farmers to regenerate the environment, regenerate the community, built economy as well as regenerating culture. Moringa is one of agro forestry trees we have been planting since the project inception in 2007 and farmers have benefited health wise though drying the leaves for moringa powder which is a nutritional supplement and selling extra powder and seeds for their income. Farmers with hypertension have confessed that, the moringa powder has been of good help to their nutrition and has improved their condition dramatically. Moringa matures very first and farmers starts getting benefits No for long. We continued to supply moringa seeds to international market but orders have reduced a bit due to covid. Apart from the health and wealth contribution to the farmers, Moringa also contributes to the larger part of environmental regeneration like any other tree by holding the soils together and building the soil fertility as the shedding of leaves continue to decompose thus slowly fertilizing the soils. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: harvesting and receiving moringa leaves from farmers, receiving and weighing moringa seeds for the international order, buying pots and potting for more moringa seedlings propagation. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

SOURCING AND COLLECTING SEEDS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER

During the reporting quarter, we were busy collecting moringa seeds from the farmers to meet our international order target of 1000kgs. This was achieved and the seeds were defeathered and supplied.

HARVESTING MORINGA LEAVES AND DRYING THEM FOR MORINGA POWDER

During the reporting quarter, we processed 15 kgs of moringa powder. This was sold and the respective farmers got their pay.

MORINGA PROPAGATION

During the reporting quarter, we have been busy potting for moringa seedlings propagation. Moringa is sowed direct in the pots and since its first growing, needs shorter time in the tree nursery before they are issued to the farmers for the October-November rains

NEXT QUARTER FOCUS

  • Propagating more moringa seedlings
  • Farmers follow ups to manage and prepare to plant more moringa.
  • Maintain and manage the moringa seedlings in the tree nursery with other tree seedlings.
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INTRODUCTION Greetings from DNRC family. We hope you and yours are all well. We are delighted to share with you this progress report as we say thank you for your kind continuous support. Despite Covid challenges in the country, the entire DNRC staff and the 800 farmers we serve are all safe and in high spirits. We are grateful in that we have never had cases in the community so far. As we reported last time, due to Covid restricted mass gatherings, we resulted to mainly training our farmers at their farms and close follow ups. This is proving effective in that close follows is ensuring quicker adoption and expansion of the project. Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, it has also positively impacted our moringa project in that our moringa power sales have increased as the need for more nutrition increased due to the pandemic. Our international market for our moringa seeds however has slowed abit but the orders still remain though fewer. During this reporting period, we concentrated our activities mainly in propagating more moringa seedlings to be given to farmers during this March-April rains. We also followed and trained farmers on tending and management of the planted moringa trees and also aggregating moringa seeds for the new order. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter MORINGA POWDER PROCESSING During this reporting quarter, we sourced moringa leaves from the farmers, dried them under shade and processed to powder using motor and kiln. We processed about 25kg of moringa leave powder during the quarter. DNRC continue to sell the processed leave powder for income both for the farmers and sustainability of DNRC. The farmers also continue to consume moringa powder as nutrition supplements during this Covid pandemic. MORINGA SEEDS SOURCING This activity is continuous and depends on the current order. During this reporting period, we had a running order and we managed to source 1000kg for the external market. This is very important for the income for the farmers during this hard times due to loss of livelihoods due to covid. The income is also distributed because each farmer is able to supply some seeds and get income unlike one person supplying all the seeds. FOLLOW UPS AND TRAININGS During this reporting quarter, we concentrated on individual farmers training and follow ups and avoided group trainings as a measure of covid health protocols. Though slow process, it has proven more effective as close follows is proving to higher adoption rates. During the quarter, 540 households were visited and trained on moringa planting and management. CHALLENGES Covid health regulations which has slowed mass trainings thus reducing the number of farmers per given period Reduced resources in terms of financial support due to global economic slowdown FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER Continue drying more moringa leaves and processing to the powder Continue sourcing more moringa seeds for the new order Individual farmer follows and trainings Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre. (DNRC) family. We are pleased to share with you our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth once more. We are happy to have come this far despite the world wide corona pandemic with its devastation in the world. We have no fatalities in our community we work with. At DNRC we have tried to keep in touch with our 700 plus farmers and continued to do individual farmer follow-ups as well as making constant phone calls to our farmers to help with any challenges they may be facing. To also encourage them to continue working towards achieving our set goals of environmental regeneration, community regeneration and economic development. Moringa being one of the agroforestry trees we have been planting since 2007 has continued to benefit famers both health wise and financially. The earlier trees have matured and farmers have been able to harvest both leaves for powder as well as selling seeds for income. With the pandemic around, our advice to the farmers is proper nutrition which Moringa powder has been a great help to the farmers since most of them accelerated using morimga powder as part of their diet thus boosting their immune system. They have also been able to sale extra powder for income. Despite the continued pandemic challenge, we still got our international order of 1000kgs of moringa seeds and we continue to collect the moringa seeds for the order. Thank you once more for your continued financial support which has been key in our success in promoting moringa tree planting, management and processing by our smallholder farmers.

During the reporting quarter, we were busy doing individual farmer follow ups both on phone and in their individual farms, propagating moringa seedlings, watering and tending the seedlings and issuing of seedlings during this November-December rains.

Below are detailed activities during this reporting period.

PROCESSING MORINGA POWDER

During this reporting period, we processed and packaged 13kgs of moringa powder which we are selling locally.

SOURCING OF MORINGA SEEDS

During the reporting quarter, we were busy sourcing seeds from different farmer groups for the international order of 1000kgs of moringa seeds.

MORINGA SEEDS MAINTENANCE

During the reporting quarter we were busy maintaining moringa seeds with the rest of seedlings in the tree nursery. This included weeding and constant watering for faster growth and to be ready during November-December rains planting.

ISSUANCE OF MORINGA SEEDLINGS

During the reporting quarter, we have been able to issue 5,000 moringa seedlings to both farmers and schools to plant in their individual farms.

CHALLENGES

Water remain our biggest challenge as we have no permanent water source but only nearby seasonal river. We continue to hope this challenge with be able to solve by having our own borehole

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue propagating more moringa seedlings
  • Continue processing more moringa leave powder.

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