Moringa Oleifera Farming.

One of the reasons why moringa tree farming has increased over the years is it nutritional profile. The plant is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Every part of the moringa tree-from its leaves and seeds to its roots and flowers is edible and full of nutrients. Moringa leaves in particular are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, Calcium, Potassium, and Protein.

Moringa Plants.

For most people, they have known about Moringa through its value-added products. Moringa has a number of value-added products that enhance the nutritional value and foster economic development. These products include.

1.    Moringa Leaf Powder

This powder is made by drying and grounding the moringa leaves into a fine powder. The powder can be used as a dietary supplement, added to smoothies, juices, soups or generally sprinkled on food for an added nutritional boost.

2.    Moringa tea

Moringa leaves are dried and brewed into a flavourful tea. Moringa tea has antioxidant properties that boost immunity, help in digestion and promote overall well-being.

3.    Moringa oil

This is extracted from Moringa seeds. It is a prized ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and moisturizing properties. Moringa oil is used in creams, lotions, hair care products, and massage oils.

4.    Moringa Soap

Moringa leaf powder or its oil is incorporated into soap formulations, creating natural and nourishing skincare products. A good example of a Moringa soap is Geisha Moringa.

Moringa plant is adaptable to diverse climatic and soil conditions making it a better choice for sustainable farming. Thriving in arid and semi-arid regions, moringa requires minimal water and can withstand harsh environmental conditions. Moringa trees have a rapid growth rate, often reaching maturity within a year and can be harvested multiple times throughout the year, ensuring a steady supply of the produce.

Cultivation of Moringa.

Moringa farming does not require much therefore making its cultivation a straightforward process.

Site selection-The area should be well-drained with plenty of sunlight. Moringa is a drought resistant plant, but it does best in areas with consistent rainfall or irrigation. It thrives in a wide range of soils as long as they are well drained.

Propagation-It can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or nursery-grown seedlings. In need of ready to plant moringa tree seedlings call or whatsapp Richfarm Kenya at 0724698357/0723213602 or 0798919007.

Planting-The seeds or seedlings should be planted at a spacing of about 3-5 metres apart, depending on the desired density of the plantation. The planting holes should be deep enough to accommodate the roots and the soil should be firmly packed around the seedlings.

Watering-Once you have done your planting, ensure you water your seedlings regularly for them to establish their root systems. Once their roots are established, they do not require as much water since they are drought tolerant, just a little water is needed to sustain the plant during the very dry season.

Fertilization- Moringa trees require relatively low maintenance as they do not require heavy fertilization. However, incorporating organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure into the soil during or after planting can provide essential nutrients for healthy growth. Foliar sprays or organic fertilizers can be occasionally used as well to boost plant vigor.

Harvesting-It leaves can be harvested as soon as the trees reach a height of about 1-2 metres, typically within 3 months after planting.

Post- harvest handling-After harvesting, moringa leaves can be washed, dried, and processed into various value-added products such as powder, tea etc.

Market for Moringa.

As of 2024, the market for moringa is steadily growing due to its applications across various industries, increasing consumer awareness of its nutritional benefits among other reasons. Moringa presents lucrative opportunity for farmers, producers, and entrepreneurs.

We have both the local and export markets for moringa. Countries such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle East encompass the export market for moringa, and it value added products as well.