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

Warm greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We hope you’re all well and happy spirits. We are happy to share with you our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth. We continue to work with our 800 farmers to achieve our goals of environmental regeneration, community social strengthening and economic development and growth. The trees we have been planting over the years have largely contributed to the environmental regeneration in terms of building the soils, increasing ground cover thus increasing water retention as well as creating micro climates which has made our area much cooler compared to other places where people have not planted trees . Moringa is one of agro forestry trees we have been promoting. Apart from the environmental regeneration role as an agro forestry tree, it’s a nutritional supplement as well as a source of income for the famers. Farmers sell Moringa seeds for income and also use it for nutritional supplement. The market for moringa continues to grow and currently DNRC is supplying an external market with moringa seeds and market will just get better. Thanks again for your kind support.

During the reporting quarter, we were busy sourcing moringa seeds from the farmers so as to supply the 1000kg order. We also continued propagating more moringa seedlings for farmers to increase their acreage and processing more moringa leave powder.

Below are detailed activity during the reporting quarter.

Propagating more moringa seeds.

During the reporting quarter, we propagated 6,000 moringa seedlings which are now being taken care of in the tree nursery to be issued to the farmers immediately October-December rains come.

Sourcing moringa seeds for ongoing order of 1000kgs

During this reporting period, the person in charge of moringa completed sourcing for the 1000kgs order, defeathered the seeds and delivered them. We got another order of the same and now we are in the process of sourcing more seeds from the farmers.

Processing moringa powder

Moringa is a deciduous tree, this being a dry spell, it has shade most of its leaves. With the few leaves around, we managed to process 5kgs of moringa powder.

Trainings and follow ups

During the reporting period, farmers were trained on how to tend moringa trees for more production as well as advised to plant more trees. The major activity during this reporting period is hole preparations to plant more moringa trees during October-December rains.

Challenges

Reliable water source remains our major challenge for expanding projects.

Focus for next quarter.

  • Maintain the seedlings in the nursery
  • Source more seeds to meet the current order.
  • Issue moringa with other seedlings to the farmer
  • Do more trainings and follow ups to make sure all the farmers have dug holes and ready to plant more.
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INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resource Centre (DNRC) family. We are delighted to share with you our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s healthy and wealthy quarterly report. The now 800 small holder farmers continue to benefit from moringa products including moringa leave powder and moringa seeds. Moringa leave powder is being used by the farmers in their food for nutrition and the seeds are sold for income. DNRC is selling Moringa seeds to LUSH Cosmetics Company which is income for the famers. The demand for moringa products is increasing and thus we continue to propagate and increase moringa trees in our farmers farms to increase their income and health. So thanks so much for your continued and long term support to our farmers. The older farmers who have been planting moringa are encouraging the newly recruited farmers to plant and use moringa products for their have benefited from it both financially and healthwise.

During this reporting period, DNRC staff have been mobilising farmers to harvest and collect moringa seeds for the current moringa seed order from LUSH. Also the staff have been busy with individual farmers follow ups on moringa management and preparations to plant more. At DNRC nursery, the staff have been busy propagating more moringa seedlings.

Below are detailed activities during the quarter:

Moringa seeds Collection.

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were able to collect 410kg of moringa seeds for the market. It’s a busy process as it involves collecting seeds from individual farmer’s farms, weighing, drying more and defeathering them. The farmers are paid according to the number of kgs delivered.

Trainings and follow-ups

During this reporting period, DNRC training and outreach officer was busy following up with individual farmers to make sure the manage professionally the existing trees and planting more as it was during rainy season. She also trained them on moringa tree and its benefits.

Tree Nursery

DNRC tree nursery program was busy with a lot of propagation of moringa seedlings for this year’s target of 5000 more moringa seedlings. They were also busy with managing the already germinated moringa seedlings in the nursery.

Focus for the next quarter.

  • Propagating more moringa seedlings.
  • Sourcing of Moringa seeds and leaves
  • Trainings and follow ups of DNRC 800 farmers
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INTRODUCTION

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) continue to work with the now 700 small holder farmers to promote Moringa trees for the purpose of improving both health and wealth of the farmers. Your financial generosity has been of great help to our work and we can only say thank you very much. Moringa is among the over 30 indigenous tree species we have been promoting over the last 10 years and so far we have seen tremendous benefits. Apart from being an agro forest tree and contributing so much to environmental regeneration which is one of our main goals, Moringa tree has been of great benefit to our community both financially and health wise. Through your generous financial support, farmers are been trained on how to plant moringa tree, harvest the leaves, dry them under shade then powder them for moringa leave powder. The powder is used for both for domestic use and sale for income. Farmers are also trained on how to harvest moringa seeds and de-feather them for extraction of oil for the continuing export market to LUSH Cosmetics. Quite a number of farmers who have constantly used moringa powder as part of their diet have confessed positive results in their health and the awareness of the benefits of Moringa is growing so as the market. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Constant sourcing of moringa seeds to meet the international order of 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds, collecting and drying moringa leaves for the powder, doing follow ups with the farmers on planted moringa trees by the farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds collection for the international order

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were very busy sourcing moringa seeds to sale to LUSH cosmetics. The activities involved farmers bringing their moringa seeds to DNRC premises, weighing them and processing their payments for their seeds.

Moringa leaves for powder

During this reporting quarter, DNRC was also sourcing moringa leaves from the farmers, sorting them, weighing and drying them under shade then making powder. The powder is then packed and labelled ready for sale.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue sourcing moringa seeds for a running order.
  • Farmers follow ups to make sure they take good care of their moringa trees.
  • Propagating and tending moringa seedlings at DNRC tree nursery.
  • Marketing both moringa power and seeds.
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Introduction

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family sends holiday greetings to all of us. We hope this report finds all of us well. We are happy once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth quarterly report. Your continued financial support has been of great benefit to our work. We can only say thank you so much. We continue to tirelessly work towards our ultimate goal and vision of sustainable and resilient communities in dryland through diversified tree planting and in cooperating both agro ecology and permaculture best practices. Since inception, DNRC has been keen on environmental regeneration, community strengthening as well as financial sustainability and now food security and majorly keen on the right diet for the farmer’s health.

Moringa oleifera tree is known for its nutritional supplement from the leaves. Over the years, we have promoted Moringa within the community and now every household has enough Moringa trees to harvest both leaves and seeds. Farmers have been trained how to harvest the leaves, clean them, and dry those under shade for quality Moringa leave powder. They have also been trained how they can use the fresh Moringa leaves as a vegetable too. Every season, farmers have more than enough leaves for their home powder and sale the extra for their income. A good number of farmers have confessed how Moringa powder has helped them health wise and how they cannot do a meal without the powder. As we indicated in our previous report, we continue to supply Moringa seeds to our international market so each family is making an income from the Moringa seeds.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Sourcing of Moringa seeds from our 700 smallholder farmers and getting them ready for the international market, close follow ups of our farmers in preparation to more planting of moringa trees in their farms, tending small moringa saplings in the DNRC tree nursery and issuance of moringa seedlings to the farmers to plant October-November rains. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds Sourcing

During this reporting quarter, DNRC personnel were busy sourcing Moringa seeds from DNRC farmers, re-drying them and defeathering them as per the order specification. The order during this quarter was to supply 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds.

Tree nursery management

During the quarter, DNRC nursery staff were also working on the watering, weeding, manuring Moringa seedlings in the nursery.

Issuance

During October-December quarter, we were busy issuing moringa seedlings and other tree species from DNRC tree nursery. We averagely issued 10 moringa seedlings to each of our 700 farmers.

Challenges

Water remains our major challenge as we expand as no permanent water source at the site.

Next quarter plan

Developing annual work plans for 2019.

Farmer follow ups on the planted Moringa seedlings

Marketing of moringa products.

 
 
 
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Introduction

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family sends holiday greetings to all of us. We hope this report finds all of us well. We are happy once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth quarterly report. Your continued financial support has been of great benefit to our work. We can only say thank you so much. We continue to tirelessly work towards our ultimate goal and vision of sustainable and resilient communities in dryland through diversified tree planting and in cooperating both agro ecology and permaculture best practices. Since inception, DNRC has been keen on environmental regeneration, community strengthening as well as financial sustainability and now food security and majorly keen on the right diet for the farmer’s health.

Moringa oleifera tree is known for its nutritional supplement from the leaves. Over the years, we have promoted Moringa within the community and now every household has enough Moringa trees to harvest both leaves and seeds. Farmers have been trained how to harvest the leaves, clean them, and dry those under shade for quality Moringa leave powder. They have also been trained how they can use the fresh Moringa leaves as a vegetable too. Every season, farmers have more than enough leaves for their home powder and sale the extra for their income. A good number of farmers have confessed how Moringa powder has helped them health wise and how they cannot do a meal without the powder. As we indicated in our previous report, we continue to supply Moringa seeds to our international market so each family is making an income from the Moringa seeds.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Sourcing of Moringa seeds from our 700 smallholder farmers and getting them ready for the international market, close follow ups of our farmers in preparation to more planting of moringa trees in their farms, tending small moringa saplings in the DNRC tree nursery and issuance of moringa seedlings to the farmers to plant October-November rains. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds Sourcing

During this reporting quarter, DNRC personnel were busy sourcing Moringa seeds from DNRC farmers, re-drying them and defeathering them as per the order specification. The order during this quarter was to supply 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds.

Tree nursery management

During the quarter, DNRC nursery staff were also working on the watering, weeding, manuring Moringa seedlings in the nursery.

Issuance

During October-December quarter, we were busy issuing moringa seedlings and other tree species from DNRC tree nursery. We averagely issued 10 moringa seedlings to each of our 700 farmers.

Challenges

Water remains our major challenge as we expand as no permanent water source at the site.

Next quarter plan

  • Developing annual work plans for 2019.
  • Farmer follow ups on the planted Moringa seedlings
  • Marketing of moringa products.
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Drylands Natural Resources Centre

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