My idea centers around the development and processing of the Moringa plant whose health benefits are widely known as seen in my blog on the site http://monopolymediamarketing.com. ( http://monopolymediamarketing.com/uncategorized/moringa-the-tree-of-life-most-nutrient-packed-plant-ever-discovered/ )
Research of this species of tree has been done since the early 1900s. Countries in which Moringa occurs naturally include Africa, Madagascar, parts of Asia including Arabia and India.
There are currently two concerns in Barbados who have invested in it by planting the tree commercially. It takes 9 months until plant maturity after which it can be pruned and leaves / pods be allowed to regrow (the pods contain the seeds). Among the nutritional properties of the Moringa by product (leaves, seeds and pods) are:
4 X Potassium of Bananas
4 X Fiber found in Oats
14 X Calcium found in Milk
9 X Iron found in Spinach
2 X Vitamin A found in Carrots
2 X Protein found in Yogurt
7 X More Vitamin C (pound for pound than oranges)
Leaves are a very useful part of the tree, as is most parts. Moringa leaves can supply over a third of the daily calcium requirements, as well as provide necessary quantities of iron, protein, copper, sulfur and B vitamins. Light heating retains its nutrient content.
Cultivation and processing will
1. Reduce the high medical cost especially those of vitamin and supplements. The leaves are known to prevent some 300 diseases.
2. Increase the export revenue by the shipment of Ben oil which is the oil produced by pressing the seeds. This oil is in high demand by those making beauty products and the Effleurage (cosmetic and perfume making) process. Also by exporting various products derived from seeds, leaves and pods of the plant. (Amazon.com etc)
The income potential is enormous as all forms of the plant can be made available. The leaves and seeds can be harvested, powdered and packaged for domestic or export sale.
The seed can be cold pressed to form Ben oil.
The seed residue can be used in the water purification process.
The leaves can be used as an addition to animal feed to give livestock that additional nutrition.
Leaves and seeds can be combined or sold separately in pill form.
I propose that a processing/packaging plant be established with expansion (horizontal) into the cultivation aspect be used to expand. As I said earlier, It takes roughly 9 months for the tree to mature and bear seeds.
The processing process it rather simple and only requires drying, pulverizing into powder for the seeds and leaves. Cold pressing in the case of the production of seeds to oil. Packaging is the final phase.
Moringa leaves should be dried in an area protected from light to prevent the loss of vitamins and protected from dust and pests to prevent contamination. In cases of extreme humidity, dehydrators, ovens, driers or fans may be required. To prevent molding, leaves should be rotated frequently. Molded product should not be used but returned to the soil as compost.
When the Moringa leaves become fully dry, they are brittle and crush easily. Note: Before the drying process begins, slightly saline water (sea salt is my preference) can be used to wash the leaves. (Leaves are rinsed in clean water or a very weak bleach solution (1:100) to remove dirt and germs).
Dried Moringa leaves can be made into powder using a mortar and pestle, local grain grinders, blenders, or simply by rubbing the dried leaves against a fine screen like that of a strainer or sieve. Once the dried Moringa leaves have been transformed into a powder, the leaf powder is sifted to remove any remaining stems or large items.
Moringa Leaf Powder has a shelf life of six months or more, dependent on how it is stored. The oil is substantially longer. Moringa Leaf Powder should be stored in air-tight containers protected from heat, humidity and light. It should be kept below 24°C (75 °F).
When stored and exposed to prolonged heat or light, Moringa powder will degrade and the nutrient content will be reduced. The leaves as is the entire plant is full of medicinal properties as indicated before.
Moringa Leaves Powder can be added to any food or beverage and will increase the vitamin, mineral and protein content without noticeably changing the taste. In healthy individuals, a few spoonfuls of Moringa Leaf Powder can be added to any meal to make it more nutritious. Since the nutrient content of Moringa Leaf Powder decreases upon exposure to extreme heat, add the powder after the food or drink has been prepared and just before serving is advised. (in condiment fashion)
A processing plant can be established at low cost.
Much of the plant is edible by humans or by farm animals. The Leaves, Pod and Seeds included.
The leaves are rich in protein , vitamin A , vitamin B , vitamin C and minerals.
Feeding the high protein leaves to cattle has been shown to increase weight gain by up to 32% and milk production by 43 to 65%. The seeds contain 30 to 40% oil that is high in oleic acid , while degreased meal is 61% protein.
As described above, the plant is valued for its leaves and high-protein seeds, among other things. It can also be made into defatted / degreased meal (meal from which the grease has been removed electronically).
This essay only touches on the commercial value as it relates to us. It is Truly ‘The Miracle Tree’.