Moringa plantation

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Since 2012 Moringa Oleifera trees are planted on the area behind Jahaly Health Centre and Kindergarten. You may see the plantation | hier | on Google Maps.

By now there are about 10,000 trees of Moringa Oleifera, which is supposed to be the most nutritious plant on earth. The northern countries including in Germany currently see an increasing demand for Moringa products.

Producing and selling “The Gambia Moringa” Products (leaves, tea, oil and soap) in Europe aims to finance all projects on the long term. All revenue goes directly back to our projects in The Gambia.

Logo-The-Gambia-Moringa-JahalyOur vision is that the projects in Jahaly one day are able to partly finance themselves through the proceeds from the Moringa plantation.

Even now the cultivation of the plantation creates employment in Jahaly. At the moment Project Aid employs five workers who daily water the growing Moringa trees during the dry season. During the rainy season they do the weeding.

For the harvest of Moringa leaves and seeds a large group of women from Jahaly is employed for about ten days three times a year. They also do the subsequent first processing directly in Jahaly: drying, production of Moringa powder and tea as well as packaging.

For watering a deep well has been drilled on the plantation. The water pump is driven by the Health Centre´s solar power system. Numerous taps are available on the plantation. Using water hoses and irrigation ditches it takes the workers two days to water all the trees of the plantation again. The trees must be watered at least until their roots finally have reached the groundwater, which is very deep on this site.

The trees are fertilized using natural fertilizer, a mixture of cow dung, straw and crushed groundnut shells.

The harvested and washed Moringa leaves are then gently dried in two stages: first pre-dried in a vacant room of Jahaly Health Centre overnight. For this purpose, the leaves are spread on large wooden frames, which are covered with mosquito nets. The next day, the leaves are dried in specially constructed drying ovens at not more than 40 degrees of heat and then further processed to powder or tea and packaged.

At the start of the plantation in 2012, there were a handful of seeds only, a gift from the garden of Lang Kinteh, a fellow Moringa expert in The Gambia. An German intern of Project Aid, Jan Libera, has then sown the seeds  into polybags in Jahaly, raised them and later implemented the young trees on the plantation. Along with several helpers he has cleared the grounds of the plantation, fenced it and divided it into different lots.

 

Please visit our Moringa-Shop | here|. – The page of Moringa Shop will be published as soon as possible.

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Video: How we produce The Gambia Moringa in Jahaly (2014)

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