My name is Miri Nanyak, i was born in Jos, Plateau state, North-central Nigeria. I’m 22, a graduate member of the Nigeria Institute of Management. I have a degree in Biological Science.
I’m a very disciplined and ambitious young man driven by an insatiable passion to succeed and help others to achieve their ambition.
I’m a seasoned agripreneur with experience in subsistence Moringa farming. My next focus is to setup a commercial Moringa farm and become an employer of labour.
MY PROJECT & HOW I INTEND TO ACHIEVE IT.
My focus is to setup a mega Moringa Farm Project and make my farm produce available to buyers in large quantity.
Moringa trees can be grown from either moringa seeds or branch cuttings from moringa tree. The easiest and fastest way to start a Moringa tree is from branch cuttings. Since I currently own a small Moringa farm, I intend to obtain the branch cuttings from there. The branch cuttings are planted upright according to standard specifications and watered regularly. A perimeter fence will be constructed to protect the young Moringa plants from invasion by animals such as goats, sheep, cattle, etc.
Moringa is a small perennial tree that is native to North India. It goes by a variety of names, such as drumstick tree, horse radish tree, or ben oil tree.
Almost all parts of the Moringa tree can be eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines.
The leaves and pods are commonly eaten in parts of India and Africa. There are approximately 8 seeds in a pod. Dried powdered Moringa leaves are sold as dietary supplements
So far, scientists have only investigated a fraction of the many reputed health benefits. These include:
Moringa is very rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds.
The leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals.
Compared to the leaves, the pods are generally lower in vitamins and minerals. However, the pods are exceptionally rich in vitamin C.
Moringa leaves are rich in many important nutrients, including protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and iron.
Animal studies suggest that Moringa may protect against arsenic toxicity. However, this has not yet been studied in humans.
Moringa oleifera is rich in various antioxidants, including quercetin and cholorogenic acid. Moringa leaf powder can increase blood antioxidant levels.
In animal and test tube studies, Moringa oleifera has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. This has not been studied in humans.
Moringa leaves may lead to reduced blood sugar levels, but more research is needed before any solid recommendations can be made.
Moringa can lower cholesterol levels in the blood which should lead to reduced risk of heart disease.
Bottom line: The Moringa plant will go a long way towards combating mal-nutrition in nursing mothers, people living with HIV/AIDS and also the teeming population of the internally displaced people who have been made homeless as a result the crisis in some parts of North-East and North-Central Nigeria.
WHAT MOTIVATES ME.
My main motivating factor is the fact that Moringa is a major source of livelihood to the people of my community and the entire Northern Nigeria. This explains why buyers travel from distant cities (such as Abuja, Lagos, kaduna,etc) to source for scarce Moringa in remote communities.
So far, very few farmers are in to commercial Moringa farming which makes it almost impossible to cater for its high market demand.
By setting up the proposed mega Moringa farm project, the following takes place:
More Moringa is cultivated and harvested for sale. This will increase Moringa supply in the market to balance its excessive demand. This will translate into more profit.
More revenue will be generated from taxes paid to the government.
More jobs will be created for our esteemed youth thereby imposing less pressure on the government to create white-collar jobs.
Mal-nutrition and the chances for the occurrence of other health related diseases will be reduced to minimal.
STEPS TO TAKE TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL.
When matured, Moringa leaves are harvested and allowed to dry at room temperature before it’s grounded into powder for sale in kilos. However, Moringa pods can be allowed to dry on the Moringa plant before it’s been harvested and the seeds extracted from the pods for sale also in kilos.
I currently have contacts of existing buyers (mainly in Abuja and Jos) who I get in touch with after each harvest.
When I fully commence operation, I’ll host a website to properly market my farm produce and reach out to more buyers.
MY CURRENT ACHIEVEMENT
At the moment, i have acquired a piece of land in Langtang for the proposed mega Moringa farm project. I’m in the process of sourcing funds to construct a perimeter fence round it commencing planting.
MEASURABLE SUCCESS FACTORS.
From our cash-flow, one kilogram of Moringa seed is estimated at (N10,000) USD 50.76 while one kilogram of powdered Moringa leaves is estimated at (N5,000) USD 25.38
One hectare of Moringa plantation is expected to yield 60kg of seeds valued at N600,000 (USD 3045.69) and 50kg of powdered Moringa leaves valued at N250,000 (USD 1269).
The market for Moringa is large, self sustaining and unlimited. The estimated size of the local market is placed at over N10bn (USD 50m).
BUDGET (USD 5,000)
I intend to use USD 5,000 to do the following:
Drill a bore-hole within one week to irrigate branch cuttings after planting (USD 2,000).
Install an overhead storage water tank within two days (USD 125).
Buy and connect a water-pump to the bore-hole in two days (USD 100).
Construct a perimeter fence on the farm within three weeks (USD 2,250)
Deploy casual staff within one week (USD 150).
Register the farm with the corporate affairs commission in compliance with the Nigerian law within two weeks (USD 150)
Design a website for product marketing within one week (USD 100).
Transportation (USD 50).
Miscellaneous expenses (USD 75).
Moringa is dubbed the 21st century “GREEN DIAMONDS”.
Exploring this treasure could be our best investment decision for the year 2016. The time to act is now!!
Blogpost and pictures submitted by Miri Nanyak (Nigeria) – ntmiri(at)yahoo.com
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