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
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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INTRODUCTION

We hope this progress report finds all of us well and safe. We share this report when Covid pandemic has slowed our activities including this Moringa project. Our farmers’ group training were suspended and resulted to individual farmers training as group meetings were banned in the country due to Covid. This has slowed down the number of farmers we train on Moringa production unlike when we trained them in groups. Due to Covid, we cancelled local and international visitors and also regular residential trainings which both brought income for supplemental funding for the organization. This equally slowed down our activities. Lockdown and curfews in the country also slowed our seed sourcing for an order for moringa seeds which we have just resumed after transport was eased after curfews were lifted and transport resumed in the Country. The flipside of this is Corona pandemic has positively affected our sales of Moringa power due to increased demand. We were able to increase Moringa powder sales by about 30% locally as more people learnt about its ability to boost our immunity and therefore a mitigation measure against Covid. Given this unfolding new normal, we concentrated our activities during this last quarter on moringa seedlings propagation for October-November rains, processing more moringa powder due to slight increase in moringa power local market and also sourcing moringa seeds for the running order.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter

MORINGA POWDER PROCESSING

During the reporting quarter, we processed 30 kgs of moringa powder and we continue to sale locally as more local people are using moringa for its nutritional supplement during this Covid out-break.

MORINGA SEEDS SOURCING

This activity has been drastically affected due to the health measures put to minimise the spread of Covid. With meetings banned in the country, lockdown and curfews, we have not been able to meet our target of 1000 kgs on moringa seeds. However, with the current ease on this measures, we have managed to source 400kgs of moringa seeds and we shall continue sourcing to meet our target.

 FOLLOW UPS AND TRAININGS

Since no meetings allowed, during this reporting quarter, we could only do follow ups on individual farms and advise them according to their prevailing challenges. We were able to visit and on farm train about 80 farmers. The individual farmers were trained on farm management of moringa trees planted and preparing more holes to expand moringa trees.

CHALLENGES

  • Covid health regulations limiting no. of farmers reached in terms of training and sourcing seeds activity
  • Reduced financial support due to reduced income generating activities as a result of Covid

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue drying more moringa leaves and processing to powder
  • Continue sourcing more moringa seeds
  • Do follow ups on management of the moringa trees with individual farmers.
  • Propagation of more moringa seedlings for planting in November-December rains

 

 

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Introduction

We hope this report finds all of us well, we are happy to share with you our progress report for the first quarter this year on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth. As moringa tree continues to be popular, the need to use it is rapidly increasing across the world and many people are getting to know how the leaves can be used as a nutritional supplement. This has informed many farmers to plant moringa trees to benefit from both the leaves and also the seeds as they also sale them for industrial oil pressing. The 800 farmers partnering with DNRC continue to plant moringa as one of the agroforestry tree and they continue to enjoy tremendous benefits on the same. Apart from both the nutritional value and income farmers get from moringa tree, it also plays a big role in environmental generation mostly soil building as many moringa trees do well when planted along the swales or terraces in the main farm since it has not shown any effect on the crops. So a famer doesn’t need extra land to plant moringa tree.

During the reporting period, the following activities took place: doing follow ups both on farmers and the 12 schools we work with, processing moringa powder as well as collecting moringa seeds from the farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter:

Moringa powder processing and collecting seeds

During the reporting quarter, we processed 20 kgs of Moringa powder which was supplied to respective orders.We also managed to deliver the order of 1000kgs of moringa seeds to the international order and we continue to collect more as we wait for the next order.

Follow ups on the farmer’s farms and schools

During the reporting quarter, the outreach personnel was busy doing follow ups mostly with the newly recruited farmers to see how their moringa trees are coming up and training them how to manage them for optimum production.

Challenges

  • Drying moringa leaves for powder during the rainy season has been a challenge.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue drying more moringa leaves for the powder
  • Continue sourcing more moringa seeds
  • Do follow ups on management of the moringa trees with farmers.
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INTRODUCTION

Christmas greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family. As the year ends, we are happy to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth. We applaud your kind and continued financial support which makes us to achieve our dreams for the community and the organization. Your support help us to continue working with our now 800 smallholders farmers in planting indigenous diverse trees addressing issues of environmental degradation, community disintegration as well as community economic development. The trees we have been planting have both short term benefits as well as long term benefits. The diversity of trees we are planting solves diverse needs in the household ranging from; fodder, timber, medicine, fuel, fruits, conservation and ornamentals. Moringa tree is one of the trees we have been planting since 2007.In this case most of the farmer’s have mature trees as they plan more. So the farmers continue to use both the moringa powder as well as fresh leaves for their nutritional supplement which they have experienced great healthy improvement. Apart from selling through DNRC, they also sale at personal level thus getting more income. Farmers continue to get income from our international order for the moringa seeds which is still running. We say thank you once more for not just being part of this project but playing a critical role in making succeed through your kind donation.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Preparing farms to plant more trees, issuance, collecting moringa seeds, processing moringa powder.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

ISSUING MORINGA SEEDLINGS

During the reporting quarter, we were busy issuing moringa seedlings to plant with other seedlings for October-December rains. A total of 3000 moringa seedlings were issued to the farmers. Seedlings are issued in ratio depending on how much seedlings a farmer is ready to plant every year based on available labour.

SOURCING OF MORINGA SEEDS

During the reporting quarter, about 600kg of moringa seed were sourced from the farmers for the 1000kg of moringa seeds order.

MORINGA POWDER PROCESSING

During the reporting quarter, 29kgs of moringa leaves were sourced from the farmers and dried for moringa powder

CHALLENGES

During the reporting quarter, major challenge was a lot of rains which slowed down seeds drying and shorter time to dry the leaves for powder.

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Farmers follow ups to monitor the planted seedlings.
  • Train new farmers on moringa project
  • To continue tending the balance of moringa seedlings in the tree nursery for gapping in March – April 2020 rain season.
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