Moringa seedlings in DNRC nursery
Greetings from DNRC family. Once again we are delighted to share with you our Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and Wealth progress report. Your continuous financial support on the same give us the energy and confidence to promote Moringa propagation, planting and processing among the 550 smallholder farmers we are working with. We are promoting over 25 different tree species and Moringa is one of the potential tree we are happy with. By consuming the leaves from the trees, the farmers are boosting their nutrition and diet diversity. By growing and tending moringa trees the farmers are protecting the environment and changing the microclimate. By processing moringa leaves and seeds for sale, the farmers are sustainably fighting poverty and creating wealth through income generation.
During the quarter, major activities included propagation of moringa seedling and tending them, training farmers on how to plant and tend Moringa seedlings and moringa power processing. More details about the activities are explained below. Thank you again for the support and we hope you enjoy reading the progress report.
Propagation of moringa seedlings/saplings.
During the quarter, we propagated and continue to take care of over 3000 moringa saplings which will be planted this month when the rains falls. Once the rains come, the 550 farmers will be issued with at least 10 moringa saplings to add into their individual farms and expand the moringa trees already planted in the farm. As the farmers and schools plant more, they grow their natural wealth as moringa market is increasing. (See attached picture)
Outreach and training.
During the quarter, the outreach personnel continued to train farmers on how to take care of the moringa trees already in their farms and how to dig more holes for planting more moringa seedlings. 12 groups were trained during the quarter and also 60 more new farmers were recruited to work with DNRC in the many programs including moringa project. The trainings focused on leave harvesting as well pruning moringa trees for easy harvesting of both leaves and seeds.
Processing and packaging
During the quarter, the farmers brought leaves at DNRC site which were dried, pounded into powder and packaged for sale. Income from the sales go to pay the farmers and a small margin goes towards sustainability of DNRC. Moringa market is growing slowly and we hope one day will be able to get international market for the increasing productivity by the farmers.(See attached picture)
Focus for the next quarter
- Follow up with both farmers and the schools on the preparations of the holes to plant more moringa seedlings.
- Issuance of Moringa seedlings and other tree seedlings during the October-December rains to the farmers and schools to plant in their farms.
Moringa powder packaged for sale