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.
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.