• Purchase of gasoline-powered motor
• Purchase of motorized grinding mill for leaf powder production
• Water filtration eg Sawyer PointOne water filter
• Water catchment from roof into 400gal tanks
Moringa seeds are soaked overnight prior to
planting just 1 cm below ground. Once you have covered the
seeds, thoroughly water the soil. Whether you plant the seeds
in bags, or right into the ground, they will need a thorough
soaking every day, until you see the seedling emerge from
Once your Moringa have sprouted, they can
be watered once every other day, until they are about 18
inches tall. Then, once a week will be sufficient. Moringa
is a very drought resistant plant but will require wartering
Each farmer involved in the Haiti Moringa Pilot project was
given 300 seeds and 300 seed bags as well as a wheelbarrow,
fork, spade, hoe and cutlass.
Seen here Lucner Laine one of the farmers
taking part in the UCT Moringa Pilot Project
Moringa trees can
also be planted very close together as a field crop, at a
spacing as close as ten to fifteen 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.
Recommended to plant the trees in an east-west
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
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.
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.
The plants are harvested 10 cm above the base,
and all of the leaves and green shoots can be used. The green
tops grow back in 35 to 75 days, and are ready to be harvested
Seen here a commercial Moringa harvesting
machine. UCT is believing God to establish a commercial Moringa
Plantation on part of our 26,000 hectares of land in DR Congo.
Moringa can be planted as a
living hedge, plant the seeds into the ground about 1/2
- 1 meter apart. Pinch back every other new leaf growth,
to force the tree to grow like a bush, and once they are
about 1/2 meter tall, cut the branches in half lengthwise,
and pinch back the new leaf growth that will sprout out
at the top of the Moringa tree.
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.
Seen above on of the lands
that UCT will be using as part of our Moringa Pilot Project.
• Once established Moringa sends a tap root down to the
water table making it drought tolerant.
• It is a nitrogen fixer and can be used as a fertilizer.
• it is a livestock feed
• It grows tall and lacy if left unchecked and so is good
for forest gardening
• The seed is used to clarify water
• The seed oil never goes rancid and is used in fine machinery
the seed oil burns clean and so is a good source for heat and light
• It is a sustainable food source for third world countries
where malnutrition is prevalent.
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