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Moringa Farming

Dear All

Good day

I am Arthi from India, I am plannng to start Moringa farming in small scale as a pilot project. Need your valuable advise / guidance. 

I have made a study on the same and found two varities viable for commercial production,.

PMK1/2 - Need advise on the same or if  if there is anyother variety. 

Yield/ hectare.

When will the first harvest start. Life cycle of the plant.

Any other detail, technical advise will be of great help.

 

Thanks in advance

Arthi

Commentaires

Arthi, 

You'll find a wealth of information - that will answer your questions and more - on the internet under 'Moringa, India and similar'. Wikepedia has a good overview, and you may also like to try the US site: <miracletrees.org/growing_moringa.html>, which contains some useful diagrams. Given that moringa originated in India and the country currently dominates production, you'll also find some R&D-sourced information from your country. Start searching. The National Institute of Nutrition is widely mentioned, but that may not help you with the practicalities of crop production and marketing. 

Look forward to following the results of your investigation on TECA.

Kind regards, 

Peter Steele Rome 23May16

Dear Peter

Thanks for the details. I have been going through the same as well. Also looking for information / pracitcal advise from any one who has already done Moringa farming. 

Shall update in the site, on any new information.

 

Regards

Arthi

Dear Arthi, 

See also the already existing discussion "Growing Moringa: issues and constraints".  Ravindran Chandran from India provides some useful growing information about the varieties PKM 1, PKM 2 and KM 1

All the best,

Charlotte

Dear Charlotte,

Thanks for the info. Have gone through the information in the other discussion as well. 

 

Thanks for the wishes.

 

Regards

Arthi

Thank you. We have done it successfully i.e. our first batch of Moringa oleifera are starting their blooms in recent weeks in a pilot research project here at our Farm in Singapore. Their blooms are imho as beautiful as jasmine, light fragrant scent perhaps.

Images: 

Dear Chris, 

Thank you for sharing news about your first successes with growing moringa in Singapore.  Are you growing moringa for collecting the leaves, pods, seeds, other ?  Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

All the best,

Charlotte

 

Thank you Charlotte. In the recent years Moringa has seen imho unpredecented interest from the agroecology community here locally. Part of it is influenced by the fact that our Indian friends are often supporters of the plant which is highly nutritious, there is also another possbility in humanitarian services because from our research studies, moringa has garnered a following in the past decade accruing from food shortages in sites of natural disaster. What some of my humanitarian relief counterparts have found was that in Haiti or Nepal during outbreaks of disasters when food supplies are usually affected, moringa is a unique plant that plants very easily in disaster affected sites as potential replacement sources of food when the villagers' farming activities are affected. I once had a team from Tzu Chi Foundation that would chop pre-existing moringa tree into multiple segments, and since the tree plants well even without any roots required not even marcotting comes into the picture, hence they would send it over by air and immediately plant them whenever a natural disaster strikes. Within weeks the Moringa leaves that sprout out would be collected and they could be used either as a herb, or they could be fried with egg as a simple meal that is both filling and fragrant.

The picture above is part of an organic alternative i.e. oriental herb farm that we are setting up. An example of how we use it locally in Singapore is such as baking. Last year alone, the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore brought together a group of children suffering from Down's Syndrome and related hereditary handicaps and taught them how to bake cookies from moringa that are farmed somewhat natively. These moringa cookies taste similar as North European butter cookies except that the tinge of green gives them an acquired taste. Besides, it empowers these youths too in learning a skilset despite their apparent disabilities.