Moringa, often referred to as the “miracle tree”, offers a multitude of nutritional and economic benefits. From selecting the right seed and preparing the soil, to choosing the best varieties and implementing sustainable cultivation practices, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of creating a successful moringa farm.
Seniren Naidoo, a banker, financial advisor, and farmer specialising in moringa production in KwaZulu-Natal, showcases how farmers can diversify with this commodity.
Understanding your general land requirements is important, he warns. You need very well-drained soil, so the land needs to cater to nuances such as drainage and water holes. If it is on a steep slope, drainage is very important.
One of the most versatile crops
Moringa is one of the most versatile crops in terms of land preparation. “Moringa does prefer a sandy loamy sand, however, it does grow in about a 50% clay content,” says Naidoo.
In KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, planting season is in September because of the warmer climates; moringa trees do not like the cold. “Moringa requires a bit of water of water every three days for the first three months,” he says.
In the episode, Naidoo also unpacks irrigation requirements. “It is one of the most viable crops whereby you don’t require drip irrigation, or a farmer being on the field,” he explains.
Catching up with a #SoilSista
This week’s episode also features #SoilSista Kebelo Lehloenya, who is cultivating a promising future as a farmer in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. Through her unwavering commitment, she is ushering in change, leading a family business, Pula Nala Bataung, that stands as a beacon of empowerment and progress.
In this episode, Naidoo also discusses:
- Climate requirements;
- Demands and accessibility;
- Risks and challenges;
- Pests and diseases.
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