MORINGA OLEIFERA - TREE OF LIFE 

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March 16, 2018  |  Posted by Heinz Rainer  |  Filed under templates, internet 


Moringa project 

On average Moringa  at first sight  may not seem  a difficult crop to grow. What is however essential  is sufficient moisture during the nursing stage. If the seedling has sufficient water it will grow well.

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We  selected an area of 200 acres in the north of Ghana for cultivating Moringa. From initial trips to the bush it seemed quiet eligible for planting  this marvelous tree.

Land was leased from the local chiefs. Equipment  including tractors were rented . Villagers were hired to provide labor  to clear the land and bush.

Hot and dry, the north has only one rainy season lasting from April to October delivering 1000mm of rain on average.

What became quickly apparent was that undergrowth covered  most of the land  entwined with large and powerful roots which grew into size of tubers, up to 3-4 inches in thickness, though mostly within the range of 2 inches.   READ ON HERE :  MORINGA PROJECT

Advantages of using Moringa

Moringa and its many benefits

In the African context, Moringa, is a very simple and readily available tool to help prevent malnutrition.
It is a drought-resistant and fast growing tree which is present in nearly all tropical and sub-tropical countries.

Its edible leaves are already an occasional food source in West Africa regions and appear at the end of the dry season: a time when other greens are in short supply.
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As a source of good nutrition, its leaves are considered the best of tropical legumes with its high quantities of vitamin A and significant quantities of and a good balance of all the essential vitamin C, calcium, iron, protein, potassium, magnesium, selenium, zincamino acids.

Also, the leaves can be easily dried into powder form for use as a nutritional supplement for sauces or as an addition to infant weaning foods.

Moringa leaves can be produced intensively in a family-size small garden. The seeds can be spaced as closely as ten centimeters apart.
When the plants reach a height of a meter, they can be cut down to a height of 30 centimeters.

The leaves can be stripped from the stems and used to prepared sauces or dried for long-term storage as a nutritious food additive, and the stems fed to livestock.
The stumps survive the harvest and will re-sprout, allowing another harvest in as little as fifty days.

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Moringa leaves can be produced intensively in a family-size small garden. The seeds can be spaced as closely as ten centimeters apart.

When the plants reach a height of a meter, they can be cut down to a height of 30 centimeters.

Moringa benefits

The leaves can be stripped from the stems and used to prepared sauces or dried for long-term storage as a nutritious food additive, and the stems fed to livestock.
The stumps survive the harvest and will re-sprout, allowing another harvest in as little as fifty days.

Using this technique, a Moringa garden can continually produce green matter for several years with very little labor required.

Moringa demonstrated tremendous value in helping moderately malnourished women and children rapidly return to good health simply by the addition of Moringa leaf powder to their daily meals.

These results received considerable publicity, including the publication of a book in English and in French with the support of the Technical Center for Agricultural and rural Cooperation (CTA) in The Netherlands

The sponsorship of an international seminar in Tanzania; the development of strategies for improving livestock nutrition in Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and The Gambia; and the creation of a network of researchers, marketers and development project practitioners throughout the third world.

Moringa benefits


Moringa’s leaves, flowers, bark, wood and roots are used worldwide for a large variety of medicinal purposes. But there are also many other uses for the tree
Plant disease prevention : Incorporating Moringa leaves into the soil before planting can prevent damping off disease (Pythium debaryanum) among seedlings.


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