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Benzoliv the Miracle Tree - processing

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Benzoliv is one the greatest gifts which Nature bestowed on man - this was known to the ancient world and they regarded the tree as a “Cure-all Tree”. They also saw the Benzoliv tree as an “Elixir of long life”, “the Tree of Immortality”, “the Tree of Life”, “the Never Die Tree”, “the Miracle Tree" and “Mother’s best friend”. Other common names for Benzoliv are Drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods) Horse-radish tree, Benolive tree (referring to the oil that can be squeezed out of the seeds)

UCT is looking to establish three small Benzoliv Processing plants in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before we embark on our major commercial project on the 26,000 hectares of land in DR Congo.

Seen here the land in Malawi in Uluwa donated to UCT and the site selected for our Malawi Benzoliv Pilot Project.

Seen here the land in Malawi in Uluwa donated to UCT and the site selected for our Malawi Moringa Pilot Project.



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STEP 1- Harvesting:

Benzoliv can be grown intensively with no irrigation and small amounts of fertilizer. Harvesting the leaves every 75 days—four crops in a year with around 100 tons of green matter per hectare the first year, and 57 tons per hectare the second year.

 

If however the Benzoliv plantation is irrigated and fertilized harvesting can be achieved every 35 days—nine crops per year—with a total yield of 650 tons of green matter per hectare. This yield can be consistent from the same plants for seven years.

 

STEP 1: Harvesting:
STEP 1: Harvesting:
Step 2 - Washing:
Step 2 - Washing:
Step 2 - Washing:

Step 2 - Washing:

  1. The Benzoliv leaves are transported to the Processing Plant where they are first washed in large buckets or pots in well or catchment water.


  2. The second wash is done in Sawyer PointOne filtered water. This is the fastest, easiest and most cost efficient way to get potable water.
Benefits of Sawyer PointOne filtration:

  • Up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, cleaner than US bottled water anywhere in the world!
  • Millions of gallons for a onetime cost
  • Simple gravity operated design
  • Easy to maintain and use
  • Providing clean water to 50 countries and counting…


  • Photographes compliments of Shape Lives Foundation




    Step 3 - Picking:

    Hats, masks, gloves and over coats are worn to comply with good food hygeine standards.

    The washed Benzoliv leaves are then removed from the twigs. (These can be chopped into 10cm pieces and fed to cattle, sheep or goats)

    Once removed the leaves are collected and placed in a large bowl.

    Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

    Step 3 - Picking:
    Step 3 - Picking:
    Step 3 - Picking:

    Step 4 - Drying:
    Step 4 - Drying:
    Step 4 - Drying:

    Step 4 - Drying:

    The leaves are now placed in the drying trays in the shade for 2 - 3 days.

    The leaves are shifted around a few times per day to ensure a circulation of air.

    The drying area must be rodent free.

    Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

    Step 5 - Pounding:

    While hand grinding is still widely used it is slow, time and labor intensive and often produces an inconsistent Benzoliv leaf powder.

    It is still used however at the stage before grinding.

    Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

    Step 5 - Pounding:
    Step 5 - Pounding:
    Step 5 - Pounding:

    Step 6 - Grinding:
    Step 6 - Grinding:
    Step 6 - Grinding:

    Step 6 - Grinding:

    A flour grinding mill can be used attached to a small engine to work the machine.

    Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

    Moringa Moringa processing
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    Step 7- Sieving

    Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

    Step 7- Sieving
    Step 7- Sieving
    Step 7- Sieving

    Step 8- Weighing and packaging:
    Step 8- Weighing and packaging:
    Step 8- Packaging: and sealing

    Step 8- Weighing and packaging:

    Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

    The estimated cost of establishing this program is around US $15,000.

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    This is the latest video from Shape Lives Moringa (Benzoliv) Farm showing all the various stages of processing Benzoliv and the processing methods. This various video shows the experience gained in processing Benzoliv for the past years and adopting the best hygiene practices to ensure quality.

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