Greetings from DNRC family. We hope you and yours are all well. We are delighted to share with you this progress report as we say thank you for your kind continuous support. Despite Covid challenges in the country, the entire DNRC staff and the 800 farmers we serve are all safe and in high spirits. We are grateful in that we have never had cases in the community so far. As we reported last time, due to Covid restricted mass gatherings, we resulted to mainly training our farmers at their farms and close follow ups. This is proving effective in that close follows is ensuring quicker adoption and expansion of the project. Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, it has also positively impacted our moringa project in that our moringa power sales have increased as the need for more nutrition increased due to the pandemic. Our international market for our moringa seeds however has slowed abit but the orders still remain though fewer. During this reporting period, we concentrated our activities mainly in propagating more moringa seedlings to be given to farmers during this March-April rains. We also followed and trained farmers on tending and management of the planted moringa trees and also aggregating moringa seeds for the new order. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter
MORINGA POWDER PROCESSING
During this reporting quarter, we sourced moringa leaves from the farmers, dried them under shade and processed to powder using motor and kiln. We processed about 25kg of moringa leave powder during the quarter. DNRC continue to sell the processed leave powder for income both for the farmers and sustainability of DNRC. The farmers also continue to consume moringa powder as nutrition supplements during this Covid pandemic.
MORINGA SEEDS SOURCING
This activity is continuous and depends on the current order. During this reporting period, we had a running order and we managed to source 1000kg for the external market. This is very important for the income for the farmers during this hard times due to loss of livelihoods due to covid. The income is also distributed because each farmer is able to supply some seeds and get income unlike one person supplying all the seeds.
FOLLOW UPS AND TRAININGS
During this reporting quarter, we concentrated on individual farmers training and follow ups and avoided group trainings as a measure of covid health protocols. Though slow process, it has proven more effective as close follows is proving to higher adoption rates. During the quarter, 540 households were visited and trained on moringa planting and management.
Covid health regulations which has slowed mass trainings thus reducing the number of farmers per given period
Reduced resources in terms of financial support due to global economic slowdown
FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER
Continue drying more moringa leaves and processing to the powder
Continue sourcing more moringa seeds for the new order
Individual farmer follows and trainings
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