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Moringa Miracles to restore forests in Machinga

Written by  Robert Nayeja
A woman stands near her Moringa trees - Pic from the internet A woman stands near her Moringa trees - Pic from the internet

Machinga, September 11, 2018: Over 100 hectares of Moringa trees are expected to be restored in Machinga through the project which will be implemented in the district by Moringa Miracles Limited for a period of one year.

Speaking Monday during a Machinga District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting in Liwonde, one of the officials from the company, Aunike Mhango, said there is high demand for Moringa oil outside the country and that the company plans to buy more seeds from local communities for the production of the same.

Mhango said the demand has made the company to roll out the project in the district where Moringa (Chamwamba) trees are found.

“In Machinga, we are expected to work with 200 small holder farmers who will be provided with Moringa seedlings and also establish nurseries,” he said, adding that the project would also include community sensitization, mobilization and formation of clubs which would be raising Moringa tree nurseries.

“The company will be buying the seeds from the small holder farmers, which will also help to uplift their livelihood,” Mhango said.

Machinga District Assistant Forestry Officer, Montfort Somanje, said the project will ease pressure on protected forest reserves since it will engage communities. The communities will earn income after selling the tree seedlings.

“This will help to reduce deforestation as people will have something to rely on. Moringa tree is multifunctional and it will play a great role as far as conservation of trees is concerned,” Somanje added.

The US$50,000 (an equivalent of K36 million) project will roll out in traditional authorities Nkula, Mposa, Mlomba, Nsanama and Chiwalo in the district.

Moringa Miracles Limited will implement the project in collaboration with the District Forestry Department and District Agricultural Development Office.

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