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Uganda Moringa Program

Nutritional analysis has shown that Moringa leaves are extremely nutritious especially when dried. There is a massive increase in vitamin content in the dried leaves compared to fresh green leaves except for vitamin C. (In green leaves there is 7 times more Vitamin C than in oranges.)

In dried leaves there are:

  • 17 times more Calcium in dry Moringa leaves than in milk
  • 10 times more Vitamin A in dry Moringa leaves than in carrots
  • 15 times more Potassium in dry Moringa leaves than in bananas
  • 25 times more iron in dry Moringa leaves than in spinach
  • 9 times the protein in dry Moringa leaves than in milk
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Another important point is that Moringa leaves contain all of the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It is very rare for a vegetable to contain all of these amino acids.

Moringa leaves could be a great benefit to the Haitians who do not get a lot of protein from meat.


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Experts tell us that over 30% of children in Africa are protein deficient.

Kwashiorkor is a severe protein deficiency, a malnourishment that kills many African children before their fifth birthday.

Just one teaspoon of dried Moringa Leaf Meal (powder) three times a day can prevent and treat Kwashiorkor and save the lives of children in Tanzania.

UCT Tanzania Moringa Pilot Project:


Moringa seeds were sourced in Africa and were soaked overnight prior to planting.

Moringa seeds are soaked overnight prior to planting just 1 cm below ground.


Land has been donated to UCT Uganda for our Moringa project.

Seen here Jenny with Bishop Pinos' wife planting trees on the land.

Once the 300 Moringa had sprouted, they were watered once every other day, until they were about 18 inches tall.

Thousands of Moringa will be planted in Uganda, we are working at the moment on a massive land deal in DR Congo, not far from the Uganda border.

Initally Moringa will be used as Living Fencing around the land, they were planted at 1 meter intervals and wire is to used between the trees once they become more established

Moringa trees can also be planted very close together as a field crop, at a spacing as close as ten centimeters.

When planted as a field crop Moringa can be harvested frequently. This technique produces a large amount of usable green matter from a relatively small amount of space.

Moringa trees can also be planted very close together as a field crop, at a spacing as close as ten to fifteen centimeters.

Moringa can be grown intensively with no irrigation and small amounts of fertilizer.

Moringa can be grown intensively with no irrigation and small amounts of fertilizer. It thrives well in dry, poor, sandy soil and is very drought tolerant making it ideally suitable for the arid areas in Haiti where other crops do not survive.

 

If the Moringa plantation is irrigated and fertilized harvesting can be achieved every 35 days—ten crops per year—with a total yield of 650 tons of green matter per hectare.The plants are harvested 10 cm above the base, and all of the leaves and green shoots can be used. This yield can be consistent from the same plants for seven years. This can meet the Vitamin A needs of 15,000 children!

If however the Moringa plantation is irrigated and fertilized harvesting can be achieved every 35 days—nine crops per year

Using this technique of intensive cultivation, plots of Moringa are planted on a rotation schedule, so that there is an ongoing supply of green matter.

Using this technique of intensive cultivation, plots of Moringa can be planted on a rotation schedule, so that there is an ongoing supply of green matter.

Moringa pods


Moringa can be planted 1 meters apart, in rows that are at least 2 meters apart, for easy weed removal and walking through the rows. This will allow the Moringa to grow tall and mature.

These mature Moringa can provide pods for eating and seeds for propagation or the production of BenOil.

 

Moringa has been used for thousands of years by Africans and Indians to treat over 300 different diseases and ailments. It is a sustainable food source for third world countries where malnutrition is prevalent and UCT is excited about the potential of introducing it as part of our Haiti and Africa child sponsorship feeding program.

Regular use of Moringa can:

  1. lowers blood pressure
  2. enhance a feeling of well being
  3. treat stomach disorders.
  4. healthier bones, skin, teeth and nails
  5. treat diarrhea
  6. a stronger immune system
  7. boosts energy levels
  8. reduces blood sugar
  9. reduces osteoporosis
  10. plus more!
 

Moringa

HOW TO USE THE LEAVES:

• Add fresh leaf or dry leaf powder to dishes like salads and soups.
• Brew delicious tea with Moringa Tea Leaf Powder.
• Add Moringa Leaf Powder to your favorite dip or sauce to give it a nutritional boost.
• Use natural and body-friendly cosmetic products like:
a.The Moringa Facial Mask.
b.Moringa Deodorant, Moringa Lip Balm and Moringa soap.
c.Moringa Oil is good for the body, inside and out!

HOW TO USE THE SEEDS:

Moringa seeds contain oil that can be used for cooking. It has a pleasant nutty taste, and never goes rancid and is used in fine machinery. BenOil burns clean and so is a good source for heat and light

Moringa seeds

The seed cake left over after extracting oil can be used as a protein-rich plant fertilizer and can also be used for water purification.

An age-old method 'Purifying Water With Moringa' Oleifera seeds is demonstrated in this YouTube video.

CLICK to view.

Moringa pods

Moringa pods and flowers

MORINGA AS ANIMAL FODDER:

Moringa leaves will be fed to the chickens, pigs, cattle and rabbits . Leaves can also be used as food for the Tilapia fish in the UCT Aquaponic Program..

Poultry production plays a major role in bridging the protein gap in developing countries where average daily consumption is far below recommended standards.

Poultry production plays a major role in bridging the protein gap in developing countries where average daily consumption is far below recommended standards.

However, the productivity of poultry in the tropics has been limited by scarcity and consequent high prices of the conventional chicken food.

Moringa leaf meals do not only serve as protein source but also provide some necessary vitamins, minerals and oxycaretenoids which cause yellow colour of broiler skin, shank and egg yolk. Feeding chickens with Moringa leaves and seeds will improve egg production.

The inclusion of Moringa Oleifera Leaf Meal up to 30% in the diet of chickens had no negative impact on body weight, health and mortality rate in birds.

Considering the high price of commercial poultry food the inclusion of Moringa and other leguminous leaves in the diets of chickens, such as Mulberry, is a real opportunity for chicken farmers to improve not only the productivity and nutritional status of their birds but also their income with a 50% saving.

Fattening pigs on 50% Moringa stems and leaves, 10% Leucaena, 38% Mulberry and 2% nutrient salts will lead to good growth rates and significant cost savings.

Fattening pigs on 50% Moringa stems and leaves, 10% Leucaena, 38% maize and 2% nutrient salts will lead to good growth rates and significant cost savings

Moringa leaf meal (MOLM) could be used to improve daily weight gain in rabbits.


• Moringa Oleifera Leaf Meal (MOLM) could be used to improve daily weight gain in rabbits.
• Producing similar economic benefits as Soya Bean Meal (SBM) diet.
• MOLM is non-toxic to rabbits at least at the 20% diet inclusion level.
• It has the potential to reduce cholesterol level in blood and the meat of rabbits.

STEP 1- Harvesting:

Within less than six months our 300 special Moringa plants will be ready for the first harvest.

 

 

STEP 1: Harvesting:
Step 2 - Washing:

Step 2 - Washing:

Step 2 - Washing:

  1. The Moringa leaves will be 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 clean water.

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation




Step 3 - Picking:

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

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

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

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

Step 3 - Picking:

Step 3 - Picking:

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 and out of direct sunlight which will destroy the Vitamin A content.

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

Step 5 - Pounding:

The dried Moringa leaves are then pounded using a Mortar Pestle before packaging.

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

Step 5 - Pounding:

Step 5 - Pounding:

AStep 6 - Grinding

Step 6 - Grinding:

After the pounding the leaves can be passed through a grinding machine but at the moment UCT is not able to purchase a grinder.

Approximately US $15,000 would be needed to set up this next stage of production.

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

Step 7- Sieving

After the grinding the leaves will be sieved to produce the powder.

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

Step 7- Sieving

Step 7- Sieving


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

Step 8 - Weighing, packaging and sealing:

These Moringa Leaf Packs will be initially used within our After School Clubs where we will feed the children physical and Spiritual.

Eventually once we are equipped with the grinding machine UCT will be capable of producing Moringa Oleifera Leaf Meal (MOLM) or powdered Moringa leaves.

These packs will be exported to the American Health Market to generate revenue for the ministry and sold online on www.moringaonlinestore.com.

A commercial website being prepared in readiness for this Internet business.

Photographs compliments of Shape Lives Foundation

 
 
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