Introduction Holiday greetings from DNRC family. We wish you Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. Thank so much for your continued support through global giving. Your continuous and generous donations are enabling us to serve 450 farmers to take care of their fragile dryland environment in a model that improves social welfare, environmental regeneration and economical sustainability. One way of achieving the above goal is by planting over 50,000 different tree seedlings every year .One of these species is moringa oleifera which we are promoting for nutrition and sale for income. Moringa tree is known for its high nutrition content. Its leaves are dried and made into powder or taken fresh for nutrition/health supplement.(see attached pictures for this report)
What was done during the quarter a. Moringa seedlings propagation During the quarter, we managed to propagate and issue for planting 3,000 moringa saplings. Each farmer was given at least 5 moringa seedlings to plant in their individual farms. The idea is to continue planting more and buying the leaves from the farmers to process them into powder for sale for income. Farmers will also be trained on how to process and cook the leaves for their own consumption.
b. Farmers training During the quarter, farmers were trained in the nutritional value of moringa and how to establish it. They were trained also on how to establish holes and how to plant moringa seedlings.
c. Processing moringa into powder During the quarter, DNRC started processing the leaves from the older moringa trees planted earlier by the few farmers as a sample for market trial. We are looking for both local and international markets both for moringa leaves and seed oil
Challenges faced during the quarter • Limited water supply during the dry spell • Lack of financial resources for marketing and expansion of the project
Focus for next quarter • Plant more moringa seedlings • Continue processing more moringa leaves into powder and marketing • Farmers training
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