Moringa oleafera is often referred to as the "miracle tree". This refers to the nutritional content of 21 amino acids, proteins and natural antibiotics in the leaves and seed, as well as all the other potential uses of the tree.
This reference is sometimes misplaced and the tree is seen as a vehicle to quick riches, but it is important to note that Moringa oleafera is an agricultural/horticultural/bio forestry crop like any other. Therefore, the challenges, risks and opportunities that one associates with agriculture in general also apply to Moringa.
Moringa farming works as an agricultural production system that must be planned and executed using proven systems and production practices and the post is only addressing the crop from a horticultural production point of view and other aspects like processing falls outside its scope.
At the point where an NGO, company or individual takes the decision to produce Moringa commercially, it is important that a viable tailored production plan is put in place to improve the chance of success. This production plan should address all aspects and practices associated with the physical growing of the crop in a specific area with its challenges and constraints.
Designing a production plan is a systematic process. This process can provide vital information on resources needed for successful farming of Moringa and for the compiling of the initial crop model.The crop model forms the basis of the financial model and can be described as the summary of the direct income and expenses associated with the production of Moringa on a ha basis for a specific production plan.
The production plan would include specifics relevant to:
Figure 1 gives an overview of the impact the production plan has on production practices as well as its use in creating the Crop Model and Business Plan for Moringa production.
Figure 1: Production - and Business Plan development for Moringa