DNRC nursery staff planting moringa
Kind greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) Family. We are pleased once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and wealth with you. Your continued financial support has enabled us to constantly continue working with our 700 smallholder famers in environmental regeneration, community strengthening and financial sustainability. Since 2007, we have been planting trees of diverse species which farmers continue to plant for multipurpose including for food and nutrition, income and biodiversity conservation. Moringa is one of the many trees we grow for the health benefit as well as selling the surplus inform of powder and seeds for income. Farmers continue to use moringa powder in their diet and they have testified positive progress in their health as they use the powder regularly in their meals. The extra moringa powder is packaged at DNRC and sold for income. Moringa seeds are known for industrial oil used to make cosmetics. We are happy to again share that LUSH Cosmetics-UK are currently buying our moringa seeds for oil extraction. This is a big plus for our farmers as now can get income from the seeds unlike before. Once again we say thank you for your kind support.
During the reporting quarter, we were majorly involved in collecting seeds from the farmers for sale, Processing and packaging moringa power and planting more moringa seedlings in our nursery. Below are detailed activities during this quarter.
Sourcing Moringa seeds
During the quarter, we sourced 1000kgs of moringa seeds from the farmers which were sun dried and packaged into bags for sale to LUSH cosmetics who has a local oil pressing company in Nairobi. The work also included mobilizing the farmers to collect and defeathering the seeds.
Drying and preparing moringa powder
During this reporting quarter, we were also busy drying moringa leaves and pounding them using mortar and pestle for local use and sale as moringa powder.
During the quarter, DNRC tree nursery staff were busy planting more moringa seedlings to be issued and planted by the farmers during the Oct-Dec. rains.
Focus for next quarter
- Tending and maintaining Moringa seedling and others in the nursery
- Collecting more moringa seeds
- Outreach and training of farmers.
DNRC staff loading moringa seeds
Packing Moringa powder at DNRC