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Processing Moringa in Africa

Processing Moringa

Moringa

Moringa 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 Moringa 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 Moringa 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 a small Moringa Processing plant as a Pilot Project at the base in Les Cayes

UCT is looking to establish a small Moringa Processing plant as a Pilot Project at the base in Les Cayes



 

STEP 1- Harvesting:

Moringa 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 Moringa 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 Moringa 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 Moringa 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 Moringa 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 Moringa
    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

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

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