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.
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.
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.