About the Company
The company's goal is to propagate the Moringa tree and raise awareness of the benefits its intensive cultivation can provide to human nutrition and health and enable reducing the areas of rural crops throughout the world, leaving more land for nature.
Sounds odd? We will try to explain
In high-density and tropical conditions, with fertilization and irrigation, Moringa can produce approximately 600 metric ton leaves and stems per hectare a year (see article by Foidl, Makkar and Becker: 2001, in this website). It is doubted whether there exists another such plant that can produce as much quality food. The main food crops prevailing today, such as rice, wheat, barley, potato, casava, yam, corn, sorghum, etc., produce significantly lesser yields, from which most of them are of relatively low-quality nutrition. Changes in the agricultural and dietary practice by intensively growing Moringa and using Moringa in our daily menus will be able in time, to allow the utilization of smaller areas for agricultural purposes and hence allocate more lands for nature reservation.
In Nicaragua, with its tropical climate, a method of dense cultivation for Moringa was developed using irrigation and fertilization. Seeding was performed at a density of 10 cm x 10 cm, i.e. 1,000,000 trees per hectare. Such density is typically suitable for growing grains. Harvesting was performed every 30-40 days. The average annual production over a four-year cultivation period was 580 metric ton leaves and stems per hectare a year. This data was so great that the need arose to verify it. Primary dense growing trials were conducted in the center and south of Israel but did not replicate the data; therefore, in 2006 exploration was made in the south of India to test the feasibility of producing such high yield in tropical conditions. In a farm located in the area of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India, about tenth a hectare field was seeded and a number of square meters were sampled 45, 60 and 76 days after seeding. The field was irrigated using a flooding method and the crop growth in the plot of land was not homogenous. The samples collected after 76 days showed that in the best areas 5.5 kg leaves and stems were harvested in one square meter. This verified that Moringa has the potential of an extremely high yield.
Farmers were approached to cultivate Moringa, however only few accepted the challenge. It was therefore decided to set up a pilot project to demonstrate the commercial viability in growing Moringa as an organic crop. This was achieved by a company registered in 2008 that farmed in the village Kefar Hayyim in Hefer Valley
People who are interested in growing a Moringa tree by themselves, in their yard or in a pot, may send a prepaid self-addressed envelope. This will be returned with 5 Moringa seeds and instructions of how to grow the tree.
To promote Moringa, specialized books are offered for sale; articles (including translated ones) are uploaded to the website; a users' manual on how to use the plant is provided in a form of recipes for making at home; and in addition, Moringa products, such as leaf powder and soap bars are offered for sale.