Moringa is native to tropical regions of South Asia and India is the largest producer in the world. It is also referred to as Horseradish tree and Ben Oil tree. Moringa is highly valued and considered a superfood as every part of the tree is valued.
Moringa leaves are consumed as dried leaf powder, capsules and its pod has various uses in culinary and medical fields. The oil from the seeds is extensively used in cosmetics as it has anti-ageing & acne reduction properties. Overall Moringa rates very high in wellness as it promotes bone strengthening, augments immune system, promotes gut health, regulates hypertension, kidney health, lowers the risk of cancer, improves liver health, cures edema, fights infection, regulates diabetes and promotes good vision.
Drumstick pods and leaves are a storehouse of essential nutrients. Its leaves are rich in minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium. Fresh seeds and pods are great sources of oleic acid, which is known to promote heart health. It is also a good source of Vitamin A, B and C. Moringa leaves are unique as it is one of the highest sources of plantbased proteins containing 9.8 gms per 100 gms of leaves.
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Moringa – Land Preparation
Moringa – Sowing & Harvesting
The flagship program in this initiative is Moringa Cultivation. Bahaar is facilitating Skill development, Financing and Market Linkages for the output from the Moringa cultivation. Bahaar will further promote value addition to the commodity by farmers to improve the income by setting up Leaf drying facilities and oil manufacturing units.
Other than enhancing farmer’s incomes through this program, we also wish to alleviate the problem of malnutrition, iron deficiency amongst expecting mothers and newborn babies in the region by promoting consumption of Moringa as part of their diet.
The first pilot for this program is being conducted at Tumkur District in Karnataka
The Moringa cultivation can be a game changer in enhancing incomes of farmers. Moringa can help generate income of around Rs 1.5 Lakh / Acre / Annum as opposed to wheat and paddy giving incomes of around Rs. 20-30 K / Acre / Annum.
The initial input costs for farming including seeds, bio fertilizers, bio pesticides etc is roughly around Rs. 50,000 / Acre and approx. Rs. 25,000 recurring per annum for bio fertilizers, bio pesticides etc
The annual output of drumstick pods can be expected to be around 10 Ton / annum per acre of land with dense cropping and average realization of Rs 20,000 / Ton