Moringa can solve Nutrition problems as it is a powerhouse of minerals and vitamins.
Moringa: The Miracle Tree
In Malaysia, many times when the name Moringa is mentioned only a few people know what it is. Even those who know about it mainly talk about the fruits – known as drumsticks which can also be cooked into a nice meal.
The true power of the leaves is left out. It has been said that if the benefits of the leaves was well known, it could very well get rid of malnutrition to a large degree.
With excellent natural protein, iron and calcium the dried Moringa powder is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals.
Under the Grassroots Moringa Project, about 500 Moringa trees have been planted in housing estates around Bestari Jaya and within the town area, and even in the compound of Masjid Al-Awabin.
The trees were planted and looked after by about 20 families who are currently involved in the community project.
The participants are mainly single mothers, destitute people, wives of prisoners, senior citizens and school dropouts. Kumaran buys the Moringa leaves from them but with conditions.
I’ve made it clear to them (participants) that I will buy the leaves from them on condition that they send their children to school. If their children play truant, I won’t buy it from them
The community project has caught the eye of the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) and it has given Kumaran the green light to have Moringa trees planted on the banks of rivers and ponds under its jurisdiction.
About 10,000 trees are expected to be planted on riverbanks, including the bank of Sungai Darah near Kampung Hang Tuah, here.
I want to reach out to more needy people around here and help them to generate an income.
said Kumaran, adding that about 50 families were expected to benefit from his community project before 2020.
When the project was first embarked on Grassroots Moringa Project initiatives, primary motive was to give the Moringa powder to the local community in order to tackle malnutrition and improve their health and well-being.
The project has grown beyond the scope of just giving it to the local community.
Grassroots Moringa Project participants produce about half a tonne of leaves per month, which yields 300 kg of powder – enough to produce 1,000 bottles of Moringa capsules.
The Moringa leaves are best harvested between 9.30am and 10.30am because that is the time when their nutrient content is high and moisture content low.
The low moisture content is essential as it speeds up the drying process and reduces the risk of fungal attacks. The leaves have to be removed from their stalks before the drying process takes place.
The leaves are dried in a controlled environment indoors, using a double-drying technique that he improvised by trial and error.
For the first stage of the drying process, he makes use of fans to do the job; during the second stage, the leaves are exposed to low-heat drying using a standard commercial gadget that has been modified to suit their requirements.
The leaves have to be dried until they shrink to five or 10 per cent of their original weight – only then are the leaves ready to be ground into powder in a grinder. The Moringa powder is then transferred to another facility in Bukit Rotan, near Bestari Jaya, where it is packed into capsules.
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