Moringa Miracles Limited says it is reaching out to smallholder farmers planting moringa trees to increase production as international demand for moringa oil is growing steadily.
Moringa Miracles Limited programmes manager Dave Nkhoma said due to the increase in demand, his company is engaging smallholder farmers in Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Nsanje and Chikwawa to grow more moringa trees to complement what the company produces.
“We are producing moringa oil for markets in America, South Africa and Europe but due to the increase in demand, we are failing to produce enough on our 200 hectare farm in Chikwawa; hence, the initiative to provide moringa seed and extension services to smallholder farmers to meet the demand,” he said.
Nkhoma said this year the company is looking for 100 tonnes of moringa seed at a minimum price of K800 per kilogramme targeting 12 000 farmers with steady market.
He advised the farmers to also consider the nutritional benefits of the tree apart from addressing environmental degradation.
Methods for Unifying National Development and Democracy Organisation (Mfundo) executive director Gift Kasanga said the Moringa Miracles Limited initiative is a welcome development. He said his organisation has been encouraging youths to grow moringa but had no ready market.